Those wishing to “live the life of LUX” will be able to do so this fall.
Dan Deitchman, owner of Lower Allen Township-based Brickbox Enterprises Ltd., said reservations are now being accepted at his Lux condominium building at Third and State streets in Harrisburg, across from the state Capitol.
Formerly owned by the AFL-CIO, the eight-story building has been under construction for most of the year. The building has been completely redesigned to include 42 high-end residential units priced from $89,900 to $224,900.
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a piece of history," Deitchman said of the building, which was completed in 1909 as a Masonic temple.
The structure was built using white marble, granite, white glazed terracotta and pressed Roman gray brick. It was used by the Masons until the early 1950s. It was then converted to an office building, known as Barto, and used in that capacity until 2009. Etched in the cornerstone are the words "SIT LUX," which means "let there be light."
Most are one-bedroom units with options to combine two units, Deitchman said. In his experience with projects such as Riverview Manor on Front Street, Deitchman said one-bedroom units sell faster.
The Lux units, which could be ready for move-in by mid-October, will feature granite kitchens and stainless steel appliances, quality cabinetry, ceramic baths, all new windows, individual heating and air conditioning units, and washers and dryers.
Planned amenities include a conference center, community room, fitness center, bike rack, storage area, rooftop patio and secure entry. There also will be laundry and dry-cleaning services, optional house cleaning service, 24-hour emergency maintenance, high-speed Internet, cable, and covered off-street parking. The complex is pet friendly.
There also is a 4,200-square-foot street-level space with an open floor plan that Brickbox is marketing as a restaurant space.
Marketed by TeamPete Realty Services Inc., Lux already has 15 units on reservation, Deitchman said. And it's not just young professionals: Lux has broader appeal because of its central location and amenities, he said.
"In our experience with Riverview, over 50 percent were from out of town," he said.
Plus, it's new residential inventory in the city.
"We look at unique opportunities that cannot be duplicated," said Deitchman, who targets urban historic renovation and reuse projects with a goal of making them anchor properties.
Last year, Brickbox and Harrisburg-based GreenWorks Development LLC opened the COBA Apartments in the historic Furlow Building in Midtown Harrisburg. Brickbox also has taken an active role in creating student housing on Market Street for Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.
Deitchman said he will continue to explore other mixed-use concepts in the city.