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MidTown Center project moving forward at 23rd & Union

The proposal calls for 405 residential units, 50,800 square feet of commercial space and 482 parking spaces

The drama that has surrounded the proposed MidTown Center mixed-use project at 23rd Avenue and East Union Street in the Central District has kept it in limbo for some time. However, it looks like the family squabbles have officially been set aside as Lennar Multifamily Communities has finally filed plans with the city to build it.

The proposal calls for 405 residential units, 50,800 square feet of commercial space and 482 parking spaces spread out across multiple buildings. Previously it had been said that plans included a "high-end grocer" and drugstore as the major anchors of that commercial space, though that’s unconfirmed. Regency Centers will develop the commercial space.

Lennar is still under contract to buy the property, which is owned by the Bangasser family, and Encore Architects will design the project. Legacy will still need to get a 65-foot rezone to make the complex work.

Local community activists have raised concerns about how the development will displace homeless occupants of the lot and charges of gentrification will likely continue to loom over it as it’s built.