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Downtown loft living in warehouse goes on tour

Dozens of curious county residents and several potential occupants toured the New Brick Historic Lofts prior to the South Boston Christmas Parade on Saturday during an open house held from 3 to 5 p.m. 

All were welcome to take a self-guided tour of the lofts, and town officials and project representatives were on hand to answer any questions related to the project. 

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 27 market rate residential units as part of the New Brick Warehouse apartment project. 

Monthly rents for the 27 one and two-bedroom apartments range from $685 to $950.  

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.

Skylights can be found in many of the apartment units.

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.

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.