CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A massive construction project on West Main Street in Charlottesville is getting closer to completion.

Six Hundred West Main is set to open mid-September, but has had its fair share of challenges. However, crews still have a lot of work to get done over the next four months.

The project is a 65,000 square foot residential development and when crews are done, it will have 53 new apartments. The planned six-story building will also include about 4,700 square feet of retail space.

 

The residential complex has units ranging from $1,240 to more than $4,000 a month.

One of the challenges builders have faced has been constructing around the old Blue Moon Diner building and a convenience store.

"We've had a lot of rain, but we got out of the ground without any real issue which is what every developer wants," said developer Jeff Levien. "We've had no issues with neighbors, no complaints, no safety issues so as far as the big ones to check off the list, it's actually been a pleasure putting this building up."

The building won't just be a place to live. The first floor of the building will feature an art gallery and will be open on First Fridays.

"It's wonderful to see it come out of the ground," said Design Director Ivy Nate. "It's wonderful to see what you've imagined in your head, what you've designed, that I can actually touch."

The construction team has faced challenges and has a lot of work still to do.

The online listing shows prices starting at $1,240 for a studio apartment and up to more than $4,000 for a three bedroom unit.

"Really from this point forward, you're getting your finishes in, making sure all your punch-list items are clean so when the residents move in, they're happy," said VP of Thalhimer Realty Drew Wiltshire.

Levien says they are beginning to prelease units as construction nears completion. First tenants move in on September 15.