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Rochester City Council approves one downtown apartment, another still stalled

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- A new apartment complex is headed to Rochester, but the 5th on 5th development is still stalled.

The Mac Hamilton developed Lofts on First was approved by the City Council at Monday's meeting.

It will be a 20-unit, four story building near the intersection of 1st St. SW and 6th Ave. SW.

The building does have limited parking, and it will take away about 15 parking spaces for the nearby Zick apartments -- which was a concern for some neighbors.

However, the plan received support from the Kutzky Park Neighborhood Association.

"It's dense. It's under-parked. It violates just about every rule we have on infill developments, but it seems like is a really great project. It's a good fit for the neighborhood, and I am supportive of it," said Council Member Michael Wojcik.

The 5th on 5th development was also scheduled for a public hearing Monday after being continued from the July 15 meeting when council members received letters alleging illegal actions during the planning process for the development.

That hearing has been continued again at Hamilton's request until the August 19 meeting.

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