Central Ave. apartments planned to start later this year

An apartment project on Central Avenue should get underway in the fourth quarter, adding to a major boom that’s bringing more than 1,000 new units to Plaza Midwood.

The project by CampusWorks is planned for the corner of Central Avenue and Hawthorne Lane, the site of several commercial properties, a vacant church and some unused land. Paperwork filed with the city earlier this year calls for 349 units and parking on the site, which enfolds – but doesn’t include – the Thirsty Beaver Saloon.

A reader asked me to see what was going on with this project, since he hadn’t seen any work on the site and still saw “Available” signs. CampusWorks CEO David Helfrich told me that while his company hasn’t closed on the land yet, they’re moving towards that step. Work should start in the fourth quarter, Helfrich said.

That stretch of Central has become a magnet for apartments. Two blocks away, at Central and Louise avenues, Pollack Shores is building a 250-unit apartment complex called The Gibson. And a block away, off Clement Avenue, Tribridge Residential is building a 246-unit apartment complex. Add those to the CampusWorks complex, and you have 845 new apartments coming to this one four-block stretch of Central Ave.

That’s not even counting the apartment complexes underway a few blocks further out on Central Avenue, which will add hundreds more units. So, strap in and get ready for some growth.