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Tenants moving into apartments at former Tire and Wheel Monday

This article was published on Cumberlink.com on Wednesday, August 10, 2016.The former Carlisle Tire & Wheel building at 632 N. College St., will have its first residents move in Monday after months of renovations to the old warehouse building.

Since April, developers focused on restoring the second and third floors of the three-story, 16-unit property, according to Amanda Garner, a partner with Wheelhouse Properties, the former industrial site’s developer. The first floor is designated commercial space.

Her husband, Ross Garner, and his company, Creative Building Concepts & Property Management LLC, is part of the Wheelhouse ownership team and was responsible for the renovations.

 Garner said her company has received multiple applications from potential tenants, but would ideally prefer one party to occupy the approximately 8,000-square-foot commercial space on the first floor—though the potential to divide it is “possible,” she said.

“We worked with CAEDC (Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation) to get a low interest loan for energy efficiency, so they were able to support us with all the new windows in the building and they’re one of the highlights of the building,” she said. “It’s a unique old building with super tall windows and because of CAEDC’s loan we were able to keep those winders intact.”

That CAEDC loan was for $158,000 through the Cumberland Revolving Energy Loan Fund.

According to an earlier story in The Sentinel, CRELF is a loan program administered through CAEDC, developed to assist Cumberland County to become a leader in alternative and renewable energy, for which Wheelhouse Properties qualified by retrofitting the building with energy-efficient equipment, such as the windows and appliances.

“Carlisle Tire and Wheel was a major manufacturing employer in Cumberland County. The company employed a lot of local employees from the surrounding neighborhood with family sustaining jobs, which spurred the local Carlisle economy and employment,” CAEDC CEO Jonathan Bowser said. “With those type of jobs gone and probably not to return in its traditional sense of manufacturing, the Wheelhouse project is a great reuse of the site with potential for retail on the first level and market rate housing on the second and third floors.
“This project will be great for the Carlisle community and the Northwest quadrant of the borough,” he added.

On the second floor, the apartments are loft style, with the bedrooms and bathrooms lofted above the kitchen. The third floor units are one- and two-bedroom. The apartments on both floors vary between 700 and 1,100 square feet, according to Ross Garner.

“We kept a lot of the original architecture of the building in that we took the original hardwood floors, original hardwood posts and the original brick and we cleaned all that up and made it look phenomenal to preserve the original intention of the building,” Amanda Garner said.

The price of the rental units could fall anywhere between $1,100 and $1,300 a month, she added.

Four tenants will move into the building on Monday, with the rest of the apartments likely to be filled by the end of the month, she said.

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