New apartments to come to downtown Grand Island

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Jon Myers wants to turn the empty space above Kinkaider's into something that will contribute to downtown Grand Island.

"There has been a lot of new activity down here within the last couple of years. A big factor in keeping that momentum going is getting people moving down here," said Jon Myers, co-owner of Urban Island, LLC.

Grants will help him build the three two-bedroom, two one-bedroom and one studio apartments.

Wednesday night the Community Redevelopment authority approved a life safety grant.

That will allow for at least $15,000 per one-bedroom unit on the upper story and up to $20,000 per two-bedroom unit.

That means john will receive up to $150,000 for that grant alone. He already has a good idea of how things will work.

"Most of those will be regular leases. We do want to do a couple for weekend stays, week stays that will be fully-furnished, all-inclusive," said Myers.

He wants those six apartments to be modern but also showcase historic features.

City officials favor getting more housing to the area because it will help grow the economy.

"Increases the number of people downtown, which increases the viability of businesses. It all just works together," said Regional Planning Director Chad Nabity.