As a number of possible tenants walked through West York's newest apartment building during an open house Thursday, Lorrie Airing was moving in.
"We still are moving in," Airing said as she loaded boxes onto a handcart.
Airing and her mother began moving into their new digs in the Carriage Works Apartment Monday and should be finished by the end of the weekend.
Their apartment is one of 20 that have already been filled, said Kelly McKenna, marketing manager for Ingerman Group, the New Jersey-based company that owns the property.
The building, originally built in the 1890s as a carriage manufacturer and most recently home of Keystone Weaving Mill, is located at 50 S. Highland Ave.
Filling up: Construction of the second phase of apartments in the 80-unit building is ongoing. Despite that, applications for 60 percent of the units have been submitted, McKenna said.
The mixed income building features one-, two- and three-bedroom units, but all of the one-bedroom units are reserved, she said.
Each modern apartment offers a large kitchen, hardwood floors, carpeted bedrooms and washer and dryer connections.
The building's architect preserved a number of features from its previous use as a manufacturing plant. The concrete floors on the main floor were polished and given new life, large red fire doors now hang in the lobby and serve as an art piece of sorts.
"We just tried to preserve the original building as much as possible," McKenna said.
Even with the remnants of the past, the building features modern amenities, such as laundry facilities, a fitness center, computer room and communal areas.
A large community room closely resembles a lounge area and boasts a small kitchen and sofas, chairs and television for use by tenants.
"Residents can use this exclusively," McKenna said. "They can (reserve) it ..."
Green: The building also has a number of energy efficient features, such as geothermal heating and cooling for the common areas and energy efficient lighting and appliances.
The apartments are subsidized by federal low-income tax credits distributed by the state, which are then generally sold to financial institutions to help pay for the project.
"It gives people of different affordability levels, who may not be able to afford to live in a building like this, a chance to," McKenna said.
Gary S. Figdor of Dover Township just finished touring the property and, for the most part, liked what he saw.
"I've been looking for a place like this for a long time," Figdor said.
However, the bathrooms left something to be desired, he said.
But asked if he'd move into the building, he wasn't sold just yet.
"I could hack it. I'm not saying I will, but I could do it," he said.
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