To the casual observer, The Edge apartments being built at NW 13 and Walker in Midtown would seem to be months away from seeing its first tenants move into their new homes.
But Gary Brooks is targeting a mid-August opening for The Edge’s clubhouse and apartments facing Walker Avenue.
The $36 million, 250-unit complex is being built on the former home of Mercy hospital and will include a 423-space parking garage and 7,500 square feet of retail.
“It’s more active than we’ve seen since the beginning,” Brooks said. “We have a lot of trades in there, we are sheet-rocking the top two floors, and electrical, mechanical and plumbing is all in on those top couple of floors on the east side. The brick is going up fast.”
During a recent tour of the development, workers could be seen busily placing brick on the courtyard walls. Preparation is underway for construction of a heavily landscaped and decked $800,000 courtyard that will include a large pool and fountains.
The fifth floor of the complex’s garage will feature downtown’s first rooftop dog park. The run area will be an eight-layer filtration system consisting of gravel, sand, a felt-like material and artificial turf on top all layered on top of a series of drains.
“It’s a very sophisticated system,” Brooks said. “If you are going to have 100 dogs up here, you have to have a good filtration system. There will be water up here, it will be self-contained, where you can let your dog run, and there will be a gazebo where you can catch some shade.”
Brooks said the dog park represents a switch from how pet owners have traditionally been treated by apartment landlords.