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Construction for the parking deck may not have begun, but one construction project in Downtown Minot is nearly complete.

In a little under a year, a parking lot on the corner of Central and Main Street in Downtown Minot has quickly been built into a brand new four story building.

Gary Brode found out how the progress for the building is coming along.

One of the first construction projects in downtown Minot in over 30 years is only about a month away from completion.

After almost a year of construction and close to a decade of planning... workers are close to putting the final touches on the Minot Artspace Lofts.

(Conrad Hoag, Site Superintendent) "Right now we are installing doors, hardware, plumbing fixtures are going in, so the basic finishes as far as room finishes, the last touch of paint, the last things like that. So we are on the tail end of the job.

Construction is expected to be complete by the third week of July.

The project has remained at or ahead of schedule since work began.

But, it hasn't been all smooth sailing.

Because of the compact proximity of the surrounding buildings transferring material has been difficult.

(Conrad Hoag, Site Superintendent) "There isn't a lot of space, as far as to stage materials or bring materials in. But the city has been working with us quite well."

Hoag (-) says the city fencing off extra area around the building was helpful.

The building will have 34 affordable housing units equipped with a work area in each apartment.

The ground level will be commercial space,

Floors above that will have one to three bedroom.

The top floor will have a community space for residential and communal events.

Executive director of Minot Area Council of the Arts is excited for what Artspace could mean for Downtown Minot.

(Terri Aldrich, Executive Director, Minot Area Council of the Arts) "Art space has more than 33 properties that are currently operating and in every single one of them they have sparked economic development. They have revitalized the area where they are located and we expect that is also going to happen here in Minot."

Because of such a positive response Aldrich believes the spaces will not be vacant to long.

Soon enough, this work of art will be a place for people to work on their art.

In Minot, Gary Brode, KX News.

The "Hard Hat" presentation will be towards the end of the July.

Tenants may possibly be moving in by early August.

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