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Vartan Group converting historic building to luxury apartments

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Vartan Group will renovate 17 N. Front St. in Harrisburg to seven luxury apartments.
Vartan Group will renovate 17 N. Front St. in Harrisburg to seven luxury apartments. - (Photo / )

The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania will soon have an expanded home off Progress Avenue and Linglestown Road in Susquehanna Township.

Meanwhile, its downtown Harrisburg office at 17 N. Front St. — a historic property built by Harrisburg attorney John Hanna Briggs in 1863 — has been acquired by H. Ralph Vartan, CEO of Vartan Group Inc.

Vartan Group sold the land that CCAP is building on to grow its facility in the Sturbridge Office Park.

“This was a one-off (project), a cool opportunity,” Vartan said of the recent purchase, which was for $525,000, according to county deed records. “It’s almost a privilege to work on a historic treasure like this.”

Once CCAP vacates the Harrisburg office, Vartan Group plans to convert the building to seven luxury apartments. That work should get started by late summer or early fall and wrap up by the end of the year, Vartan said.

He is planning five one-bedroom units, one two-bedroom unit and a studio apartment.

Vartan said he is not yet sure about rental prices but added they will be at the higher end of the market because of the location and amenities, which will include higher-end finishes.

The site has 25 parking spaces.

It will be the second historic renovation Vartan has worked on in the city. He also owns 223 Pine St.

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