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Historic Highland Apartments demolished

By Jason Clayworth,


The Highland Apartments are now demolished as contractors removed debris Monday.

Why it matters: The 110-year-old building was a contributing structure of the historic Highland Park business district, but was also on the city's public nuisance list.

Catch up fast: The previous developer abandoned a nearly $5 million restoration plan after determining the concept was not financially feasible.

  • Invest DSM, which spearheads rehab projects, purchased the building in March and determined the structure's poor condition made saving it impractical.

Of note: Preservationists were unsuccessful in halting the city's issuance of a demolition permit .

What's next: Invest DSM is seeking interested developers for the site.

  • Construction could begin as early as next year, Christopher Civitate of Invest DSM tells Axios. Invest DSM redevelopment concept calls for a $9M-$12M project that will include as many as 40 apartments on this site.

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