- Last Updated on 08:02 AM 03/19/14
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
Construction of the New Brick Historic Lofts in South Boston is complete, and Rehab Development will host a ribbon cutting and open house celebration, which will include tours of the lofts, on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The building, with its rich heritage of tobacco farming in Halifax County, is now leasing. Any person who signs a 14-month lease before March 31 will receive half off their first month’s rent.
Rehab Development, a Winston-Salem, N.C. based developer specializing in downtown Main Street revitalization, historic preservation and successful public/private partnership formation, has completed construction on New Brick Historic Lofts, a project that included both state and federal historic tax credits.
Located at 701 Jefferson Avenue, New Brick Historic Lofts afford premier residential spaces in the heart of downtown South Boston.
During construction, state of the art green building techniques were incorporated to provide a desirable environment for residents, according to Patrick Reilly, principal at Rehab Development.
“This project was a lot of fun. We believe the effort of the entire project team, at every level, shines through when you walk through this building,” said Reilly. “The original constructors of this building should be commended for their fine work all those years ago, as well as the Town of South Boston’s leadership for their vision and support. We look forward to continuing to work on buildings in the area and helping preserve more of the incredible architectural history of Halifax County.”
The building features 27 apartments for lease, 14 of which are spacious two bedrooms, two bath townhouse lofts. The remaining 13 units are one bedroom, one to one and a half bath flats.
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 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.
New Brick Historic Lofts amenities include large windows in all units, loft designs that take advantage of the 17 plus foot ceilings, original exposed wooden truss system, hardwood floors, exposed historic brick, high ceilings with dropped ceiling fans, granite countertops, ceramic tile backsplashes, energy efficient stainless steel appliances, energy efficient heating/air units, washer/dryer hookups in all units, extra locked storage space, gym, community laundry room and more.
Tobacco was an integral part of the southern Virginia economy from the late-19th century through the mid-to-late 20th century.
The building is typical of tobacco warehouses and auction houses of the time, which were utilitarian structures, unfinished in the interior, but with many skylights to provide enough light for buyers to inspect the tobacco.
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 2013, 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.”