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4-story apartment complex coming to Aksarben

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Posted at 9:29 PM, Aug 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-24 23:45:53-04

A new project near 63rd and Center is underway but developers want more than 4-million dollars of Tax Increment Financing or TIF to help it.

It's the latest major project in the ever-growing Aksarben neighborhood.

Right now--it's just a dirt landscape-but soon it will be home to a 4-story apartment complex with almost 400-parking stalls.

It's a project that has some thrilled--and others--not so much.

“I enjoy the Aksarben area but it's become super popular,” said 11-year Aksarben resident Beth Behrens.

She likes the area but thinks the new apartment will clog up tragic on Center Street.

“I'm somewhat concerned because there's already so much traffic down on center street,” said Behrens.

Behrens says it’s already crowded down there as it is.

“Its hard to get on center and get anywhere quickly you almost have to go out the other way to pacific street and go around,” said Behrens.

Right now there’s mounds of dirt and cranes  where the apartment complex will be built.

This is a rough outline of what the development would look like---4-stories--238 rooms—over 400 parking stalls.

While traffic is a concern for some area residents—that’s great news for nearby shops.

“The traffic is going to be great, good for business,” said Michael Beale, manager at Gandolfos Deli in the shopping center in front of the soon-to-be apartment complex.

Beale says the area’s been booming with Baxter arena and other projects in the works there.

“We're really excited about it,” said Beale.

As Aksarben grow, some yearn for a time when the area wasn’t so packed.

“More than you wish it was,” said Behrens.

The city council gave the proposal its first reading Tuesday.

The entire project is estimated to cost over 34-million dollars.