Work is underway on a $1.8 million apartment complex along Central Avenue expected to be completed by May.

The complex will consist of 12 apartments, located between 12th and 13th streets, developed by Tim Medaris and his wife Connie, who purchased the land in June from Dr. Charles Ifeachor.

Medaris, who owns other commercial properties in Columbus, said demand still appears to be high for apartments in Columbus and believes the location will be convenient for employees working at companies in the area.

Work began about a month ago to prepare the foundation and has since progressed with the installation of plumbing and drain lines. Medaris said he hopes to begin roofing and drywall work within the interior portion of the building during the winter months.

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The smallest apartment will be about 900 square feet, while the larger ones will be up to 1,500 square feet, Medaris said.

Eleven of the 12 units will include 2½ bathrooms, while four of them will have garages as well, Medaris said. All of the apartments will come with washers and dryers.

Landscaping will be placed around the property as an effort to provide a buffer zone between the apartments and residents who live nearby, Medaris said.

Bob Brown, who has lived in his home on 13th Street for 38 years, said he supports the project, but noted that he is concerned about increased traffic once the apartment building is constructed.

Brown said he has been told the city is not planning to put up stop signs or stop lights to accommodate an anticipated boost in traffic.

Still, he credited Medaris’ effort to communicate with nearby property owners.

“I think he’ll do just right by us,” Brown said.

“He’s been more than fair.”

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or mkent@therepublic.com