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From the Ground Up: The Crossings at East Cherry, Phase I

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Owner/developer: Cherry Crossings LLC
General contractor: Morelock Builders & Associates Inc.
Architect: Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective
Engineers: Anderson Engineering Inc., civil; J&M Engineering LLC, structural; and Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective, mechanical, electrical and plumbing
Size: 81,400 square feet
Estimated cost: $10 million
Lender: United Bank of Union
Estimated completion: May 2021
Project description: On 25 acres at the southwest corner of U.S. Highway 65 and Cherry Street, an apartment complex is underway with a unique target market: dog lovers. Contractor Wayne Morelock of Morelock Builders & Associates Inc. and silent partners plan to invest $27 million in the concept for 240 units in all. Phase I, scheduled to wrap in the spring, comprises three apartment buildings, a pool and clubhouse, outfitted with a dog wash and grooming facility, as well as possibly a veterinarian and other dog services, said Crystal Webster, the CEO at Morelock Builders. “Wayne Morelock is a dog lover,” Webster said. “He has a Havanese named Mila. She’s our shop mascot. He had some motivation to jump on the Cherry Street dog concept and bring some amenities.” The Crossings join another dog-friendly development underway next door: The Bark Yard, which includes a restaurant and bar concept. The apartments are designed in seven layouts, and Webster said Phase II would begin immediately following Phase I.


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