The project was a key part of the $100 million citywide plan to restore and rehabilitate over 30,000 trees that had been cut down in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis.
The tree project, which is in the middle of a redevelopment project, is the latest example of how city planners and developers are working together to try and make downtowns greener and more inviting.
The new apartment building, called Overlook, at the corner of East Market and East 8th streets is a small one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a dining room, and a fitness room.
The project also includes an outdoor deck, a bike path, and bike parking.
The area is slated for a $100,000 landscaping project and $75,000 in stormwater management, according to the city.
While it’s an affordable, walkable apartment, Overlook is also a high-end rental property that’s also part of a larger mixed-use development, which will include restaurants, bars, and retail space.
The city is hoping to build more affordable housing in the area, as well as a new grocery store and community garden, among other things.
“It’s really important to make sure we get these trees back,” said Julie Fieber, director of the Downtown Alliance.
“It’s a very expensive and time-consuming process.”
A community meeting on the project was held in September, and the City Council voted unanimously to make the tree project a priority for the upcoming revitalization.
“Overlook will be a new anchor of the neighborhood, not only as a home but as a place for residents to gather, to have their own space, to do business, to be a part of it,” Councilwoman Janie O’Neil said in a statement.
“We need to make it easier to walk, bike, and play in downtown.”
The project is being led by developer Robert McDaniel, who said the project will “change the character of this historic neighborhood.”
“The community is going to be able to see this project as a positive, not a negative,” he said.
“The residents are going to get a lot of great places to live, and they’re going to have a better chance of finding good, quality jobs.”
Construction on the new apartment is slated to begin next year.