PITTSBURG — The Block 22 project continues to move forward, with infrastructure construction well underway.
The Pittsburg City Commission recently approved a $300,000 forgivable loan to support the buildout of the commercial space in March. According to Shawn Naccarato, director of government and community relations at Pittsburg State University, the Block 22 space had to include at least two sales tax producing entities in order to qualify for the forgivable loan.
Naccarato said PSU and the city plan to finalize arrangements for three food-related businesses in that space. Although housing units are scheduled to be available in August, these businesses may not open until September.
“This is an incredibly exciting time for Pittsburg,” Naccarato said in a release. “The revitalization of the downtown district has re-energized our city, and the Block 22 project is the latest example of that growth. A fun, lively restaurant scene within Block 22 will truly transform the downtown Pittsburg experience.”
Block 22 will feature 97 single-resident rooms in four styles — suite, flat, studio and loft — which will come furnished. Rent is estimated to be between $525 to $650 per month, including utilities.
“We had the ceremony at the Colonial Fox in April 2017 and now we’re here,” PSU Director of Strategic Communication Brett Dalton said. “It’s seen tremendous progress in that year — even if you can’t always see it on the outside, something as simple as drywall going up is a step toward finishing and getting students in.”
Additionally, plans are in motion to finalize leases with five business entities that will occupy the coworking space. Naccarato said announcements regarding both the restaurants and cowork tenants will likely be made within the next two weeks.
“We continue to be very positive and excited about the renaissance this will help support and perpetuate downtown,” Naccarato said. “We are excited about what those small businesses are going to do as far as adding to that entrepreneurial ecosystem we are building at Block 22.”
— Brandon Schmitz is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.