MASON CITY – A ground-breaking ceremony was held today in Mason City for the new downtown housing complex.
According to Councilman Paul Adams, “Talon Development, along with various partners from the area, broke ground on their housing complex this morning in downtown Mason City. This will add 113 quality apartment units and 20 townhouses to our city and help fill an immense need for market rate housing in the area.”
Construction is expected to start soon at the location just south of Southbridge Mall, in the lower parking lot and grass field. The development is said to be a spin-off of the hallowed Renaissance Project and will receive an incentive of a 10 year/100% tax abatement. Just to the north of this soon-to-be construction zone, the new multi-use indoor arena is rising from inside the former JC Penney box. Allegedly, a hotel could be under construction to the east in the mall parking lot. Simultaneously, south of the Mall by a couple blocks, 6th Street SW is being overhauled and a sporting goods store is opening up with a re-habbed building. Other smaller yet noticeable improvements to this long-neglected wilderness adjacent to downtown are taking shape.