According to Carolyn Pfeifer, who manages the facility along with the Meadow View Apartments at 317 Career Path, both buildings are fully booked and there’s a waiting list for units that become available.
Pfeifer added that leases have been signed on the remaining two units at Meadow’s Edge, but their residents won’t move in until April 1.
Friday was move-in day for 26 households at the newly opened Meadow’s Edge Apartments at 315 Career Path in Park Rapids. All 28 apartments are already booked, as are the Meadow View Apartments at 317 Career Path. (Robin Fish/Enterprise)
“I’m happy and excited,” said Cameron Bense, who was moving into a three-bedroom unit on the second floor with Natasha McGiboney. “Glad to get out of my parents’ house.”
He described his new digs as nice, new and homey.
Also voicing excitement to move in was Gary Beck, lately of Menahga, whose sister Connie and brother-in-law Stan Preston were helping him unload a vanload of furniture into a ground-floor, two-bedroom apartment.
As Beck searched for the words to describe what he liked about it, Connie jumped in: “It’s his own!”
Carolyn Pfeifer, who manages both apartment buildings for the Hubbard County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, was moving her office from 317 to 315 on Friday while the newer building’s first residents moved in. (Robin Fish/Enterprise)
“I love it,” Pfeifer said of the new building, noting that they tweaked the design based on that of Meadow View. “Not apartment-wise,” she said, “but like the maintenance rooms and things like that, that will help me manage the building more effectively.”
She said everyone seems pleased with it, and since the building was finished, people have been “coming out of the woodwork” to get applications.
“I have three that are already turned in,” she said – “applications that’ll wait for the next available apartment – and I hand out three to four applications a day.”
Pfeifer said this shows a need for workforce-affordable housing in the community, adding that local employers are commenting on it, “so they can entice more workers to come and fill up the slots that they have available.”
She said the HRA might eventually build another apartment building, three or four years down the line. “Our plans have included two more apartment buildings, added to the acreage out here,” she said. “But right now, our board is looking at doing housing rehabilitation” – offering loans to low-income homeowners to improve their houses.
“That’s something we can do and cover the whole county, which is why we’re Hubbard County HRA,” said Pfeifer. “So, we can reach up to Lake George easier, and Akeley and Nevis, and other communities that we don’t really reach too well at this point.”
To contact the Hubbard County HRA, call 732-9118.