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Drama Surrounds Big 23rd & Union Plans at MidTown Center Site

Legacy Partners has plans for a massive mixed-use complex at 23rd & Union, if the drama surrounding the ownership ever gets solved

If it were up to Legacy Partners, they'd already be getting designs approved and starting the construction process on a 400-apartment, mixed-use complex at 23rd Avenue and East Union Street in the Central District. Currently the site of MidTown Center, the development would encompass a nearly 2.5-acre site in the heart of a block that's remaking the neighborhood. Getting the deal finished, however, is easier said than done.

Legacy told DJC they have plans for a "high-end grocer" and drug store on the ground level, taking up the bulk of the planned 40,000 square feet of retail space. Though they had the site under contract, an issue forced them to pull out of the contract as they try to work through it before committing money.

That issue could have something to do with a lawsuit filed last year between members of the family that own the site. Property manager Tom Bangasser was removed as controlling member and then sued his family's partnership in response. The family has owned the property since 1941.

If they do get to build their vision, Legacy will seek a rezone to 65 feet to make it work. Runberg Architecture Group will design the project. Assuming it happens.
· Legacy Partners wants to buy site at 23rd & Union for apartments, grocery [DJC]