How Paulus Development Transformed an Old Building Into Luxury Flats

How Paulus Development Transformed an Old Building Into Luxury Flats

Paulus Development is a private real estate and development company from Syracuse, New York. Their job is to transform old and unused buildings into usable space. The latest project they did was transforming an old lantern factory that’s not been in function for years into a luxury apartment building.

Their latest work is actually the best one. They won a state award for transforming the old factory into a luxury apartment building that’s called Dietz Lofts. Visit this article from the official page of the city of Syracuse.

The facts

The megastructure that was completely renovated stands on a ground of 208.000 square feet. It took the investors $33 million to completely finish their work. In the end, they got 92 luxury apartments and 50.000 square feet of commercial space.

The apartments are completely furnished and equipped with the amenities and features needed for a beautiful place. The location of the factory is excellent – just a few blocks from the Onondaga Lake and overlooking Leavenworth Park.

Under the building is a parking lot that can fit up to 120 cars which might not be too much, but just enough for every owner of a flat in this building. From the basement and ground floor, there are three more floors to the top of the building. Even though that’s not a huge distance, the elevators were completely renovated and everyone can get to the top floor with ease.

The interior

The building that used to work until 1992 was made with beautiful red bricks that remind of the working class parts of many English cities. See here more about the old Lantern factory. The industrial style was kept by the investors and you can see the interior everywhere around the building.

Actually, preserving the historic heritage and adding luxury is what brought the investors prize for historic preservation. Everywhere inside you can see pictures of the old building. This is not made by accident, the old lantern factory is a true heritage of Syracuse and both the residents and the tenants in the commercial parts are happy to remember the great factory.

Many old doors, signs, and regular parts of the old factory interior were retained. The factory had massive entrance doors that were kept, but also many doors made of fireproof materials that were also preserved. All this adds to the retro industrial look of the whole building. Look here what industrial style looks like:

The facilities

Inside the 50.000 square feet, there’s a yoga studio, cafeteria, but also a gym that’s open for the residents to use. We already mentioned the parking that’s available for the residents, and if it is needed, there’s a business room too.

Inside is also a management office for better running of the building. In the hallways, many displays with historic artifacts can be seen that remind of the times when the factory was up and running. The flats are suitable for people that love animals. There’s a pet-washing station at a special part of the building too.

 The exterior

Nothing was changed in the looks of the old factory when you look at it from the street. Of course, the windows were renovated so there’s better insulation, and a big sign explaining that the old factory is now an apartment building.

The courtyard is transformed into a place where tenants can hang out. Chairs and tables are placed next to the pathway. Knowing that just on the other side of the street is the park, this place is really a perfect living location.

Some final thoughts

It’s really important for everyone to remember and appreciate the past of our fellow neighbors. A lot of families in Syracuse were living a decent life thanks to the factory and many people were born and contribute to the community today for the same reason.

That’s why not only the Preservation league appreciates what Paulus development did from the old factory, but the people of Syracuse too. Of course, it’s a private company and profit comes first, but sometimes giving back to the community and keeping the way of life in the neighborhood is as important as the money.

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