Laurel Depot Apartments hosts open house

By 
Kathleen Gilluly
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Beki Brandborg points out features of the Laurel Depot Apartments, a new HOME project planned for vacant property at 202 8th Avenue. Outlook photo by Kathleen Gilluly

Beki Brandborg points out features of the Laurel Depot Apartments, a new HOME project planned for vacant property at 202 8th Avenue. Outlook photo by Kathleen Gilluly

The open house for Laurel Depot Apartments drew a few folks interested in the development planned for 202 8th Avenue in Laurel by GL Development and Northfork Development. The agencies are working to get funding through the state’s Home Investment Partnerships Program.

Representing GL Development was Beki Brandborg. In addition to the new development, she hopes to oversee the renovation of the Spruce Grove Apartments in Laurel and a similar renovation in Joliet.

HOME is a federal block grant program directed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It is designed to create affordable housing for low-income households. The Montana Department of Commerce is responsible for the administration of HOME within the state of Montana. In exchange for offering funding for the development, the new apartments must remain affordable for 45 years. Although the application for Laurel Depot Apartments must be still be approved by the state, the development was lauded by Mayor Tom Nelson as needed in the city. The final approval is slated for October 19.

One concern of attendees at the open house was that the property would turn into an eyesore, vehicles would clutter it and that the seven-plus acres was too small for the 30 units planned. The development will be actively managed and Brandborg showed photos of other developments throughout the state that are well-maintained.

“These units will be for folks who want to live there,” she said. “There will be a manager on-site and lots of amenities to make it very nice.” The rents will be income-based and will not exceed 30% of a tenant’s income.

Planned are 10-one bedroom units, 14-two bedrooms, and 6-three bedroom apartments within five buildings with adequate parking for everyone, a playground and garden area.

“We might even be able to put in a shuffle-board court,” Brandborg said.

If approved, the development should be under construction soon with movein availability in spring of 2022.

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