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Developers of Riverview Flats condos hold open house

On Thursday, May 30 the Lowell public had their first chance in quite some time to venture inside of one of the former Unity School buildings when the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce held an open house with the developers behind the Riverview Flats condominiums. Several dozen attendees enjoyed a catered meal from Main Street BBQ and had a chance to hear details about the condos, look at potential floor plans and poke around the site.

Developers Jerry Zandstra and Todd Schaal interacted with residents and answered questions about the project, which will convert the old school to 14 upscale riverfront condos with a starting price in the low $200,000s.

Zandstra said the idea for the project came to him about a year and a half ago when he was walking a dog along the river. First they thought about making it offices, then a restaurant. Finally, they determined that riverfront residential units were the best option.

“[I was] walking by here and thinking 'This should be something other than what it is,'” Zandstra said. “This is kind of the last dilapidated property in Lowell and it is phenomenal to look at. When we first got it open, we went, 'Wow!' When the sun goes down and the steeple across the river is lit, it's really incredible.”

Phase one of the project will be condo construction in the old bus garage/shop/band building. During phase two, they will build condos in the old school building itself. Phase three has yet to be determined, but Zandstra said it would most likely have something to do with “the large green space” at the site.

Initial construction should begin sometime before the end of summer, Zandstra and Schaal just need to jump through a few hoops first. For example, the property still needs to be rezoned from mixed use to residential.

“We need approvals from the city of Lowell to start,” Schaal said. “The hope would be that they join us in kicking this off and that we get the approvals that we need by the end of the summer. We're ready to go right now, we've got our plans figured out.”

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