ALLOUEZ, WI (WTAQ) - The Allouez Village Board has unanimously approved a site plan for a new apartment complex where a major fire destroyed the previous complex last year.
About 100 people were displaced after the Hilltop Apartments were destroyed in May 2013.
Hillcrest Lumber says they plan to break ground for a 48-unit apartment complex this summer called Village View. The new apartments will have higher rent than the Hilltop Apartments.
After the vote Tuesday, some neighbors expressed concern about parking issues and said they would prefer a park.
“We do have a question about the impact it’s going to have on the surrounding property values and that’s never really been discussed,” Matt Moore, a neighbor, told FOX 11.
“It’s a bittersweet project,” said Dan Doro, the construction supervisor. “We’re all excited about the project. We think it’s a nice project, but it was a disaster what happened last fall. We understand and we haven’t forgotten that part of it.”
Hillcrest Lumber expects the $4.5 million project to take six months to build.