MERRILL – A crane lifted the first walls into place at the future Stonebridge Apartments in Merrill on Monday.

The 38-unit complex should be ready for move-in by late summer.

It will be operated by the Merrill Area Housing Authority, which serves families, the elderly, and people with disabilities. The last of the concrete was poured at Stonebridge last week.

“The woodwork is now beginning with the floor and the first level, and people are going to be impressed with how fast this structure goes up,” said Merrill Area Housing Authority Executive Director Paul Russell.

Once Stonebridge is done, some tenants will move there from Park Place, which is across the street. Then, major renovation and remodeling will start at Park Place.

“We have tenants that rely on affordable housing and the programs that we have here in Merrill, and we have to make sure they’re taken care of,” Russell said. “It’s going real well, I think, as long as you keep the two-way communication going with them.”

The entire project will cost more than $15 million.

Story by: Newswatch 12