EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) – The end of June saw the official groundbreaking on the Market Street loft apartments in East Liverpool.
Old apartments and store fronts were then demolished last month, as brick, metal and asbestos-filled insulation were brought down by the wrecking crew.
“The building on the end was beautiful,” said Dennis Quinn, a city resident. “I didn’t understand why they tore that down, but they did. And maybe it’s a good thing. I hope it is. I hope it brings in a lot of jobs and apartments.”
Much nicer living areas are to come.
Currently, the land is being cleared by construction equipment. Holes are being dug for new piping and the property is being leveled for the apartments to be built.
Some residents believe the city is on the upswing.
“I hope so,” Robert Birch said. “It’s looking toward that way; I think things are looking up for East Liverpool.”
The project has created nearly 70 new jobs in the construction sector, while 45 new apartment units will be built to house young professional and families with low-medium income.
This is the first construction project in the city since the New Castle School of Trades, which was just completed for $7 million. Before that, it’s been several years since anything new went up around town.
“Wow a long time!” Quinn said. “It’s nice to see, it really is. Did you see the Weld Center that they put in over there? The artwork they did on the building is great, they repainted it. It’s nice. Liverpool is going to have the chance to come back to the way it used to be.”
The new apartments are expected to be ready by late summer of next year.