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Kraus-Anderson has started construction on a 220-unit apartment building on University and Raymond avenues.

The Saint Paul City Council on February 10 granted a sound level variance for developer Kraus-Anderson, which has begun construction of a six-story, 220-unit apartment building at the northeast corner of University and Raymond avenues.

The sound level variance is for now through March 21 so crews can drive pilings for the building. Council member Mitra Jalali, who represents the area, amended the variance so the work does not start before 8 a.m.

Jalali praised the project, but also noted that the intersection is one of the densest in her ward. Dozens of neighbors have raised concerns about construction noise.

Kraus-Anderson purchased the 1.2-acre property and recently demolished the former U.S. Bank building there to make way for the $50 million apartment building.

The market-rate apartment building was designed by Urbanworks Architecture to appeal to young professionals. The units will include alcove, studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments ranging in size from 500-1,100 square feet. Amenities will include underground parking, a fitness center, an outdoor courtyard with pool, a clubroom, an automated building access system and a rooftop patio.

The building is expected to be completed in the summer of 2022.

— Jane McClure

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