Residents opposed to State Street Apartments 18 Jul 18

Residents living around the former New Ulm Middle School crammed the New Ulm City Council Chambers Tuesday evening, most in opoosition to the development of State Street Apartments the council approved TIF financing for. The complaints from neighbors included a variance to conctruct a parking lot in the 30 foot front of the project, the amount of units the Community Housing Development Corporation is proposing, and the fact that the building is being renovated for affordable housing. Head of the development company, Heidi Rathman, explained that they don’t want to be bad neighbors and are willing to work with the city on a parking arrangement. She went on to explain that a one bedroom apartment would rent for $495 to $585 dollars per month and this renovation is designed for people making between $30 to $42,000 dollars. She also said 55 units is plenty of space for the building and any less would create dead spaces that would have to be closed off.