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Preliminary plans unveiled for 'auto condos' in Carlisle

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This rendering shows how car condos to be constructed in Carlisle for The Concours at Carlisle project could look.
This rendering shows how car condos to be constructed in Carlisle for The Concours at Carlisle project could look. - (Photo / )

New images released this week reveal how luxury condos set to be built in Carlisle on the former Masland industrial site are expected to look.

Officials with commercial real estate company NAI CIR released preliminary plans for the auto-themed development ahead of Carlisle Events' fall car show, which will run from Wednesday through Sunday.

The first phase of The Concours at Carlisle will be a 22-unit gated community between B Street and C street in the borough.

Designed for car aficionados, the so-called auto condos are actually two-story garages with a second story mezzanine that serves as hybrid living quarters/entertainment space, NAI CIR agent Nathan P. Kranz said.

"Auto condo is a little different concept than a typical apartment condo," Kranz said.

"Most buyers will have a pull-out couch or cot to sleep on when they are in town for a few days, and not a full bedroom," he added. "Some of the units will have a third floor with a full bedroom."

Pricing and construction timelines are not yet available, Kranz said.

"We are not fully approved with our plans as we only put the land under contract a few weeks ago," he said. "Since this is the biggest car show, we are rolling the project out a little premature to maximize the amount of people who see this new development."

Such facilities have grown in popularity among automotive collectors.

In Naperville, Ill., the Iron Gate Motor Condos complex offers luxury gated facilities on a 22-acre complex in Chicago's western suburbs. Kranz said its floor plans are similar to what the Carlisle properties will offer.

Other such facilities include the StoneGate Motor Plaza in Kansas, and the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Mich.

Site history, plans

This rendering shows the site plan for phase I of The Concours at Carlisle.
This rendering shows the site plan for phase I of The Concours at Carlisle. - ()

For decades, what had been C.H. Masland & Sons churned out carpets and other interior parts for automakers, employing more than 1,000 people in its heyday.

Between 2008 and 2010, three major factories closed and hundreds of jobs were lost in the borough's northwest quadrant, around Route 11, Fairgrounds Avenue and Carlisle Springs Road.

Since then, the borough has been working on ways to redevelop the vacant properties, including the International Automotive Components/Masland site, and the Carlisle Tire & Wheel site.

Plans for the area include residential and commercial uses, from condos and apartments to hotels and restaurants.

A second phase of the car condo project will see 22 more gated units built on the opposite side of C Street.

Kranz said he will have more information to display during the upcoming car show.

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