Nate Stencil, the CEO of South Dakota-based Stencil Homes, really likes Rochester.

I mean, he really, really likes Rochester.

In the past two years, he has built and opened two apartment complexes Nue52with 83 units, and Kascade Placewith 96 units. Another Stencil complex, a 192-unit project called The Pines, is nearing completion.

Flats on Fourth, a high-profile 92-unit apartment and retail complex, is in the early stages of being built on the corner of Fourth Street and Third Avenue Southeast in downtown Rochester.

Stencil also is moving through the early permitting phases for another project, Miracle Market, which is "a mixed-use redevelopment of a portion of the Miracle Mile Shopping Center" that will include 107 apartment units.

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All of those projects tally up to 507 new or in-process apartments, but paperwork filed this week shows Stencil has even more plans for Rochester.

New permits moving through the Rochester planning process shows Stencil is sketching out plans to building another complex called Eastgate Apartments. The address on the permits is 1201 Eastgate Drive SE.

That also is the address for the Wicked Moose Bar & Grill.

No one at Stencil Homes was available on Thursday to ask about the project, so no details are available. The apartments could be built near the Wicked Moose. Or the plan could be to clear away the bar and build Eastgate Apartments on top of it.

This project is in the initial planning stages, so the paperwork does not yet list its size or how many apartments it might include.

However, it seems like a safe bet that Stencil Home's Med City apartment tally probably will top 600 by 2018.

Biz buzz

The road has not always been straight or smooth, but Rochester City Linesbuses have continued to roll along for 50 years.

On Sunday, Rochester City Lines is celebrating its 50th anniversary at the Olmsted County History Center. George and Marilyn Holter, who began Richfield Bus Co. in 1959, launched RCL in 1966.

"It really is a milestone," said General Manager Dan Holter.

In addition to having a fleet of vintage buses on display and games for the kids, Holter said the event will feature the ultimate crowd pleaser.

"Free ice cream," he said.

Three generations of the Holter family have steered the bus company through the twists and turns of the business. In 2011, the bus company lost the city contract to serve Rochester. Since then, the company has continued to grow through focusing on commuter service and charter service as well as buying new vehicles to fill specialty markets.

RCL currently has a fleet of 50 vehicles on roads and about 125 employees on the payroll.

'We've adapted our services. Being family run, we can make changes quickly," Holter said. "It's a changing world. We continue to try to lead the way in what we're doing." -- Jeff Kiger