- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - More projects are underway that will add apartments in Dubuque’s Millwork District.

Officials said the renovations on the Novelty Iron Works and Linseed Oil Paintworks buildings will add about 120 apartments to the neighborhood by the end of 2015, the Dubuque Telegraph Herald reported (https://bit.ly/1wc2h9T ).

The Linseed Oil Paintworks building will be transformed into a 16-apartment complex. The apartments will keep the building’s exposed brick walls and brick arch windows, but will be updated with modern amenities, including washers, dryers and energy-efficient appliances. The rooftop also will be modified into a deck that will have raised gardens, according to building owner Tim McNamara.

“We’re hoping to have it done by next summer,” McNamara said.

Some units will have features aimed at helping wheelchair-bound residents. The apartments will have lowered countertops and easily accessible wall outlets.

The Linseed Oil Paintworks building project will cost about $5 million, while construction work for the Novelty Iron Works building will cost more than $33 million. Officials say that next month, 76 residential units and about 300,000-square-feet of commercial space will be ready for tenants. Work on 30 more apartments and another 20,000-square-feet of space will wrap up next year.

“As far as the city is concerned, along with our partners, we see continued progress in the Millwork District as positive development because we continue to need housing in the community and we continue to want to build sustainable housing,” said Teri Goodmann, an assistant city manager.

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, https://www.thonline.com


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