New apartments available in downtown Hamilton above ice cream shop

The construction of the Davis apartments, located at 302 Main St. in Hamilton, has been completed, and they are accepting residents.

The project, which took about a year, modernized the three-story building which has stood since the 1880s. The location was previously the Hughes Pharmacy Building, which opened during the Prohibition era and was known for its ice cream bar.

At the bottom floor is the Village Parlor Ice Cream Shop, while the remaining two floors are dedicated to studio apartments and one-bedroom apartments. The ice cream shop has been open since January.

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The Davis redevelopment was conducted by the Consortium for Ongoing Reinvestment Efforts (CORE). According to its website, CORE, established in December 2012, works to “accelerate Hamilton’s downtown revitalization and reduce the financial barriers to investing in the urban core.”

The apartments were originally expected to be ready for occupancy in November, but the project experienced delays in construction, according to Stacey Dietrich, City of Hamilton economic development specialist.

Lauren Gersbach, City of Hamilton business development specialist, said the project was part of a push to revitalize the city. Gersbach serves as a liaison between CORE and the city, which is an investor to the organization.

“There has been a huge amount of recent development, and we’ll continue to see that growth,” said Gersbach, who mentioned the Marcum Park project as an example.

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Gersbach added that these apartments work for anyone that wants to live in a more urban area. Part of the Historic Main Street Business District, the Davis apartments are walking distance from such locations as the Marcum Park, RiversEdge Amphitheater, Municipal Brew Works, Basil 1791, and more.

In total, two studio rooms and 10 one-bedroom apartments are available, with prices ranging from $775 to $1,122 per month. Included in the rent are water and trash removal, while gas and electric must be paid separately by the resident.

Each apartment comes with a washer and dryer, one designated parking space, a ceiling fan, and other amenities. CORE is accepting rental applications at their website.

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