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As work begins, crews careful to preserve historic significance

If the walls of the former New Brick Warehouse could talk, they would echo the chants of the auctioneers and the rich heritage of tobacco farming in Halifax County.

That heritage is being revived in the construction of approximately 20 market rate residential units as part of a New Brick Warehouse apartment project.

Built in 1900, the New Brick Warehouse is the last brick tobacco warehouse left standing in South Boston.

It covers approximately 21,750 square feet, with Southern pine floor joists and decking, a wooden truss roof system with metal covering and skylights.

Handmade bricks were used in construction of the vertical walls.

With the historical importance of the building in mind, workers from Rehab Builders, Inc. were going to great lengths Monday to preserve what flooring they could for later use in the project, according to Superintendent Chris Grubbs.

That first step in rehabilitating the building is expected to take approximately three weeks, and once the flooring is secure, workers will then address the roof, followed by the walls, Grubbs explained.

Rehab Development is making a minimum capital investment of $2.5 million to rehabilitate the New Brick building.

Plans include construction of 14 two-bedroom, 1,125 square foot lofts and a pair of two-bedroom units containing 1,096 and 1,169 square feet, respectively.

Plans include construction of two 705-square foot, one-bedroom units and two 821-square foot, one-bedroom units, in addition to a 712-square foot one bedroom unit and a 644-square foot studio.

The town is providing an $185,000 interest free loan to Rehab Development for a term not to exceed 20 years with minimum annual payments of $5,000, with provisions for earlier repayment.

New Brick Historic Lofts purchased the property in March, and under terms of a performance agreement with the town, it agreed to complete construction of the project by Dec. 31.

Destination Downtown South Boston had previously owned the property, and Executive Director Tamyra Vest has indicated one of her organization’s goals is a “walkable downtown, where you can live — wake up with no grass to mow, walk over to get your coffee, walk to work or have a shorter drive to work.

“You can even catch dinner and a show without ever having to get in your car.”