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Harrisburg’s Lux condos opening today

A ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. to open the Lux Condominiums at State and Third streets.

The eight-story building, which has 42 one-bedroom units, many with views of the adjacent state Capitol, was developed by Dan Deitchman. Deitchman is the owner of Upper Allen Township-based Brickbox Enterprises Ltd.

The building was formerly owned by the AFL-CIO.

The Harrisburg Regional Chamber and Capital Region Economic Development Corp., along with Mayor Eric Papenfuse, will participate in the celebration. A reception and live acoustic music by Shea Quinn of the Luv Gods will follow the ribbon cutting.

There will be three furnished, decorated models; the community lounge; rooftop patio; and fitness center on display.

Half of the units, which are priced from $89,900 to $224,900, are reserved or under contract, Deitchman said. The average price of the units is about $152,000.

The Lux units feature granite kitchens and stainless steel appliances, quality cabinetry, ceramic baths, all new windows, individual heating and air-conditioning units, and washers and dryers.

A 4,200-square-foot street-level space has been marketed as a restaurant, but it remains empty. The upper seven floors each have six condos. There are six different floorplans, which are repeated on each floor.

The eighth-floor units facing Third and State streets have floor-to-ceiling windows, while second-floor units have 12- and 14-foot ceilings.

The Lux was completed in 1909 as a Masonic temple. 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.”

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