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Developer wants to turn Roanoke vacant building into 'micro apartments'

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR News) - An abandoned building in Roanoke could have a new purpose soon. 

A developer is proposing to turn a long-vacant building on Williamson Road into an apartment building.

3162 Williamson Road is currently owned by Williamson Road, LLC.

Seven Hills Investment, LLC has a contract to buy the property.

However, the units won't be your run-of-the-mill apartments, the developer wants to build what they are calling 'micro apartments', according to a planning department application

"Driven by both rising costs and changing residents preferences, the micro-apartment concept will be a good fit for this building. It will bring new residents and tenants, help nearby businesses to flourish, and create more affordable housing for modest wage earners," the application states.

Their plan is to offer 20 studio apartments that will only be 283-square feet that will be on the market for $430 a month. 

"Existing blank walls will be transformed by adding windows. Each apartment will be guaranteed a window view of the city, which will increase the transparency and enhance the building’s relationship to the streetscape."

But before the plan can move forward, it needs to be approved by the planning commission on December 10. The applicant is seeking to conditionally rezone the property from CN zoning district to CG zoning district.

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