Dan Berger, left front, and his dad Steve Berger, right, both of Berger Rental Communities, tour The Lofts at Ribbon Place along with several others. The
Dan Berger, left front, and his dad Steve Berger, right, both of Berger Rental Communities, tour The Lofts at Ribbon Place along with several others. The newly renovated York City building is located at 55 S. Pine St. (Randy Flaum photo)

Workers are nearly finished carving a 22-unit apartment complex from the shell of a former York City factory warehouse that sat vacant for years.

The brick building at 550 S. Pine St. had deteriorated into condemnation before city officials found a developer willing to pour some money into it.

Now, owners of the Residences at Ribbon Place are hoping tenants will begin moving in before April turns to May.

After a year of construction, workers are putting the finishing touches on Berger Rental Communities' $3 million market-rate housing project. The apartments are available to anyone regardless of income.

"There's going to be a market for this," Steve Berger, the company's founder, declared confidently as he toured the property Wednesday. "There will be fights over certain units."

The loft-style units feature giant windows, hardwood floors and high ceilings. The building's single entrance opens to an atrium of stairs and hallways that feel as if they are both inside and outside.

The former factory building shares a management office with The Lofts at Ribbon Place, a 192-bed housing complex for students of local colleges. The complex was originally named the 550 Lofts.

Berger Rental Communities might also build market-rate housing on a nearby parcel currently occupied by a gravel parking lot, a former dry cleaner's and a former film-processing studio.

That project will depend on the success of the Residences at Ribbon Place, said Dan Berger, the company's president.

There, one-bedroom apartments come with one bathroom and one parking space. Two-bedroom apartments include two bathrooms and two parking spaces. Four of the 22 units span two levels and include 2.5 bathrooms.

Wifi is provided building-wide. Cats are OK.

Rent will range from $1,000 to about $1,200. Tenants are expected to cover most utility bills.

Tenant applications are being accepted now. For more information, call (888) 912-5219.

-- Erin James may also be reached at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.