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High-end apartment developments on the rise

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By Jenna Duncan

Three high-end apartment developments are under construction in Denton, being built by Links Construction and managed by The Martino Group. The two companies usually work together.

More granite countertops, upgraded appliances and bustling locations mark the different complexes and fill a need for housing options Denton didn’t previously have, said Nick Miller, a vice president with The Martino Group.

“My opinion is we’re filling a need for Denton in particular,” he said. “Up until we started doing some of our newer developments a few years ago, there really wasn’t, besides student housing, conventional leasing where you could get luxury finishes.”

Here’s a look at what the two businesses have in the works.


Located at 712 S. Elm St., near Eagle Drive, the development is a few months away from being completed but is already leasing units.

The complex has 56 units, and each comes with glass-top stoves, granite countertops and washers and dryers. The one-bedroom units are 628 square feet, two-bedroom units 998 square feet and three-bedroom units are 1,422 square feet.

“It’s got the convenience of being close to downtown, and it also has the convenience of being close to UNT,” Miller said. “It’s in an area where you can get to anything pretty quickly.”

Units: 56

Price range: $875 to $1,795 per month

Opening: August

East End Lofts

The residential component of the Railyard, a tech-oriented mixed-use project, is East End Lofts — two buildings along East Hickory Street by the downtown rail station.

The commercial portion of the project is pretty much done, with all but two restaurant spaces leased, said Brandon Martino, owner of The Martino Group.

The group is working on getting tenants for those two remaining spaces, and the project’s commercial office space is already occupied.

About half of the lofts are leased, Miller said, right on the company’s projections to have the property’s one-, two- and three-bedroom units fully leased by the end of August.

“We have some very unique floor plans there. They’re two-story lofts, which have that cool factor — those are my favorite ones,” he said. “They have great views of downtown. When you get up to the third and fourth floor, you can see basically all across Denton.”

Units: 110

Price range: $975 to $1,895 per month

Opening: July

The Epic Apartments

Construction just began on The Epic Apartments at Unicorn Lake, behind and around the Cinemark theater complex on Interstate 35E in south Denton.

Links and Martino combined to do two phases of Urban Square, an apartment community at Unicorn Lake that is now 2 years old.

Epic’s one-, two- and three-bedroom units will look similar to Urban Square units inside, with granite and a designer color scheme, and there’s a large pool. At Epic, there will also be a clubhouse and covered parking.

Lee Ramsey, owner of Links Construction, said Unicorn Lake remains a good place for residential development because of the walking trails and lake and easy access to entertainment and dining.

“It will complement all of the restaurants out there, and it will bring more people to that area and really make it more walkable and encourage more restaurants to come,” Ramsey said.

Units: 227

Price range: Not yet determined

Opening: Spring 2017

JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889 and via Twitter at @JennaFDuncan.