The work begins on the rails

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McGuire Development Company and Blackfish Investments celebrated the start of work on The Rails, a new apartment complex under construction on Main Street near the LaSalle light rail station. The Rails is a transit-focused brownfield redevelopment project that combines the preservation of two existing buildings with new construction. The project will create 312 apartments in existing and new buildings, 1,500 square feet of retail space and 3,675 square feet of office space.

“We are thrilled to revive this long underused brownfield by launching The Rails and providing an attractive, modern apartment community for this important stretch of Main Street,” said Dave Freeman, Founding Director of Blackfish Investments.

“The Rails will provide a transit-oriented lifestyle near LaSalle Station and along bus routes, as well as a pedestrian and cycling address with attractive nearby amenities,” said David Von Derau. , president of McGuire Development Company.

The project represents the transformation of a former industrial site with closed buildings and an abandoned railway line. Former occupants of the site include the Automatic Transportation Company, a manufacturer of industrial forklifts, tractors and locomotives, even a compact electric car, and the McDougall-Butler Company, a paint manufacturer known for its giant rotary advertising on the website.

Offering a mix of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, The Rails targets graduate students and professionals looking for conveniently located accommodation with a long list of amenities. Amenity package will include a two-level fitness center, golf simulator, club room with full kitchen, work and collaboration space, music room, dog wash, park for dogs and secure bike storage.

Elev8 Architecture designed the project.

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