The old Marion YMCA closed in December of 2020. It was replaced by the amazing new building on the northern edge of Marion just off of Irish Drive. The old building sat vacant for nearly two years before being torn down in recent months. I noticed last week that they were moving dirt at the site at 10th Ave. and 31st Street, and we now know what will go up in that large space.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that Green Park Apartment Living officially broke ground on the new project yesterday. Once finished, the complex will feature two buildings that house 147 one and two-bedroom apartments. The new space will also feature pickleball courts, a large outdoor dog park, and firepit gathering areas for residents.

Fusion Architects
Fusion Architects

The Gazette reports that the previous plan was to have three apartment buildings at the site. But developers say that going with two will help get the project online faster and also increase green space. Officials hope that the first 69-unit building will be completed by June of 2023 with the second part of the complex done around one year later.

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