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Apartments to be built on Ninth Street at former Rome location

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 | 6:12 p.m. CST; updated 11:16 p.m. CST, Wednesday, January 29, 2014

COLUMBIA — Instead of a restaurant named after an Italian city, Cory Hodapp will soon own a new downtown apartment building named after his grandmother.

Hodapp, the owner of the downtown plot where The Rome used to be, named his new project, Lofts at Beals on 9th, after his grandmother, who died in 2012.

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The four-story mixed-use building will have two commercial units, one apartment on the ground floor and 13 more apartments on the other floors, according to the website.

The building will have apartments with one to four bedrooms and monthly rents between $600 and $800. One apartment has already been leased, according to the website.

Hodapp launched the website last week to begin leasing the 13 new apartments at 114 S. Ninth St., where construction started in mid-December.

He doesn't plan on opening any more locations.

“This is a one-and-only project,” Hodapp said as he supervised the construction of the new building's foundations on Wednesday.

Hodapp, 40, has been in contact with some business owners interested in the commercial space and potential lessees. He hopes to have the commercial stores open by July, though he said nothing has been signed yet. The apartments will be available to move into beginning the second week of August, since Hodapp expects primarily student residents.

The building that housed The Rome was demolished in November. The Rome will probably not re-open there but might in another location.

"This kind of family restaurant needs a more accessible location, with parking and more space," Hodapp said. "Reopening will be possibly the next phase down the road."

Supervising editor is Elise Schmelzer.


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