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New Housing Complex on Schedule in Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md.- Deals are being finalized and work is scheduled to soon get under way on a new apartment complex on Fitzwater Street in Salisbury.  The Rivers Edge Apartments and Studio for the Arts is on track, according to the developer, to open its doors in the fall of 2014.

The empty building on Fitzwater Street in Salisbury has been there for years and neighbors say it has becomes a frustrating eyesore.

"It's a bad outlook because it looks like we just don't care.  And a lot of people try and spruce up their yards and stuff. And it just looks, it's just sitting out there," said Tamara Hilliard of Salisbury.

If plans move forward as planned, the building will be brought down this fall.  Final details are being hammered out between the city and the developer, Osprey Property Company out of Annapolis.  Officials with Osprey say as soon as the building comes down, work will begin on the new complex immediately. 

Veron Polk is a Salisbury resident and owns property just across the street. He said he is looking forward to change.

"It would be fantastic.  I think that would generate money as well and good feeling about the community.  People would come through and see this and go, 'well, something is being done,'" said Polk.

But not everyone is on board.  Hilliard said she is ready for something to be done at the location but is not sold on the plans for an apartment complex.

"People get an apartment and then they don't actually pay their bills and keep up with it and then its empty and sits vacant for a few years or a few months and then its just there and its nothing and people don't care and it turns into that building," said Hilliard.

Osprey officials say Rivers Edge could open its doors in the fall of 2014.  WBOC was told rent will range from $350 to $900.  The complex also looks to attract those with an artistic side.  Those involved in art - anything from music, dance, painting, poetry and more - will be considered for leasing first.

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