Dakota County Community Development Agency engaged RJM and TRI-Construction to construct this much-needed workforce apartment building in the South Metro.
The ground-up apartment complex has 54 units including both studio and one-bedroom apartments providing affordable options for workers in Dakota County. The complex makes use of a 1.7 acre site that had been vacant since 2014.
The site had major challenges due to a high-water table and contaminated soils, both of which had to be carefully removed and disposed of off-site. The site itself is also compact, and the building is located directly adjacent to Robert Street, a busy Minnesota state highway. With the building close to Robert Street, that created logistical challenges for completing work on the east side of the building while continuously keeping Robert Street open to traffic. Another challenge included material supply and labor issues related to the pandemic.
Despite these challenges, the construction teams completed the project on time, and tenants were able to occupy the new units according to the original schedule.