BRISTOL, Tenn. — Early development of an upscale apartment complex along West State Street is underway, and the developers expect to have tenants moving in by spring 2020.

Once completed, the site along Stafford Street near the juncture of state Route 126 and West State Street will be the location of 137-139 multi-family apartments and town homes, as well as self-storage units.

The project is a collaboration between Shane Abraham, of Universal Development & Construction, and Mitch Cox, of Mitch Cox Cos., both of Johnson City.

Abraham and Cox previously collaborated on The Villas at Lavinder Lane and The Villas at Island Road apartment complexes in Bristol.

The new complex will be named Stafford Street Village, and the storage units will be operated by Universal Storage Solutions, a company jointly owned by Cox and Abraham. The company has locations in Elizabethton, Boones Creek and Johnson City.

Much like the first two complexes, Stafford Street Village will feature high-end interiors with wood floors and metal-finished appliances and community amenities such as off-street parking and a swimming pool, playground and dog park. Some units will have drive-under garages.

The rent will reflect the high-end features and will range from $675 to $1,195 per month, with one bedroom being the least expensive and three-bedroom apartments the most, Abraham said. The site plans acquired by the Bristol Herald Courier from the city of Bristol, Tennessee, indicate that 46 of the apartments will be accessible to those with disabilities.

The self-storage units will be on the east side of Stafford Street and feature small and large storage buildings, including one that is climate-controlled.

Abraham said he did not have an estimate of the project’s cost, but he said four or five full-time staff members will be hired once it’s completed, with additional services provided by local subcontractors.

Construction of the first buildings is expected to finish in early 2020, with completion of the entire project later that year, Abraham said.

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