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New lofts on tour before SoBo parade

The public is invited to tour New Brick Historic Lofts prior to the Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 7, during an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. 

All are welcome to take a self-guided tour of the lofts, and town officials will be happy to answer any questions related to the project, said Destination Downtown South Boston Executive Director Tamyra Vest. 

The building, with its rich heritage of tobacco farming in Halifax County, will be ready for occupancy in January of 2014.

That heritage was 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, and it originally had a wooden truss roof system with metal covering and skylights.

Handmade bricks were used in construction of the vertical walls, which are 16-24 inches thick.

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

That was the first step in rehabilitating the building.

Once the flooring was secure, workers then addressed the roof, followed by the walls.

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

Plans included 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 also included 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 provided 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 (LLC) 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.  

For additional information on the apartments, visit www.newbrickhistoriclofts.com.