Sometimes, abandoned factories and brownfield sites are signs a town has reached, and passed, its prime. However, Carlisle has been working to redevelop its former industrial sites, and turn them into signs of hope.
Now, the former Carlisle Tire & Wheel building, 632 N. College St., is under construction and is expected to open with high-end apartments near the end of August, according to Amanda Garner, a partner with Wheelhouse Properties, the company behind the renovations that aim to restore the former industrial site into 16 apartments.
She said the building was a warehouse used for storage and meetings by Tire & Wheel officials during its heyday.
“What we really want to do is take a spot that traditionally you see as an abandoned factory and think ‘Yuck!’ but we want to turn it into something people are excited to see,” she said.
The building is located across the street from the former Carlisle Tire & Wheel lot, where PIRHL Development is currently working on plans for developing the space into affordable housing.
Garner said the two projects are not related.
Last year, the building was purchased by Wheelhouse, but it wasn’t until recently that funds became available to push forward with the renovations for living space.
That’s where the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation comes in.
CAEDC assisted them with the renovations through a $158,000 loan through the Cumberland Revolving Energy Loan Fund.
CRELF is a loan program administered through CAEDC, developed to assist Cumberland County in becoming a leader in alternative and renewable energy. Wheelhouse Properties qualified for CRELF due to retrofitting the existing property with energy-efficient equipment and upgrades. Garner noted the apartments planned are “very different luxury apartments.”
“Were kind of trying to stick with the urban/industrial feel the building lends itself too,” she said. “We recently sandblasted the old brick and wood, and it is absolutely gorgeous.”
Kristen Rowe, communications manager for the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau and CAEDC, said CAEDC was intrigued by the property because “we’re interested in redevelopment and reuse projects as that’s part of our strategic plan.”
A Facebook page will be activated shortly to update residents on the progress of the apartments, and those interested in learning more or potentially renting can call Wheelhouse at 717-385-3878.
Rent prices haven’t yet been set at this time.
Tyler Miles is a news reporter for The Sentinel covering Carlisle. Follow him on Twitter @TylerTMiles or email him at email@example.com.
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