Car buffs will get their first glimpse of proposed luxury auto condos at this week’s Fall Carlisle show.
The Concours at Carlisle will be at the former Masland/IAC site between B and C streets along Carlisle Springs Road. Drawings on a newly released marketing flyer indicate the development will feature 22 units ranging from 1.5 to 3 stories, as well as a private club house. The condos will be available completely fitted-out or as an unfinished shell, and several floor plans are available.
Nathan Kranz, co-owner of the project with Galbraith Construction, said pricing for the units has not been completed. The plans were finalized a few weeks ago, but the owners wanted to have them available for this week’s show at Carlisle Events, which is traditionally the largest one of the year.
The plans have yet to be presented to Carlisle’s planning commission or borough council, but Kranz anticipates that there will no problems as they make their way through the approval process.
“We haven’t started going in yet. The master plan for the site already had this as an option,” he said.
These condos are nothing like the traditional concept of a condominium or apartment. Kranz said car collectors put a lot of work into their collections, and the new condos will give them a unique place to show them off.
“Your garage door is your front door,” Kranz said.
The interior of the condos will include a mezzanine level to overlook the garage and collectibles. Kranz said some owners will outfit the mezzanine level with more of a “studio feel” featuring a smaller living space and kitchenette. Others will take it a step further and add an entire floor above the garage with bedrooms and a full bath.
Likewise different owners will take different approaches to the garage area. Some will opt to have a fully functional garage complete with heated garage floors, tire changer lift, compressed air system, mechanics tool package, home theater package, music system, security/surveillance system, wine cellar, custom bar, hot tub, sauna, furniture and various deck and balcony configurations.
Garages will be climate-controlled, and feature high ceilings to accommodate lifts or stacked storage. They will also be equipped with sprinkler systems, carbon monoxide detectors, water, floor drains and electric.
The gated community will also have a homeowner’s association to take care of mowing, landscaping and snow removal since the owners may not be full-time residents.
Kranz said the idea of the auto condos came from Carlisle Events personnel who had seen similar construction in Florida, Illinois and New Jersey, among other places. Carlisle has an added attraction, though, because of its proximity not only to Carlisle Events, but also to car shows in Hershey and Maryland.
“Those locations don’t have car shows like we do here,” Kranz said.
Plans for a four-story, 95-room Homewood Suites hotel to be located between the future extensions of A and B streets on the site were approved by the borough council in June.
The site was formerly a manufacturing plant operated through the years by Masland Corp. and Lear before its final owner, International Automotive Components, closed the plant in 2008. Carlisle Events bought the property in 2014, and the facility was demolished after a massive fire.