Two new developments, Salvation 10 and The DeLuxe Apartments, are redeveloping forgotten buildings or making use of vacant land. On one end of Wells Avenue, an old Salvation Army thrift store is being converted into apartments and on the other end, the old DeLuxe Laundry complex is getting new apartment units and three new buildings.
Kelly Rae and Pam Haberman bought the thrift store earlier this year and are prepared for tenants to move in Jan. 1.
Salvation 10 is, as you probably guessed, 10 apartments of varying sizes built into the refurbished building on Wells Avenue next door to Juicy's Giant Hamburgers.
The one and two-bedroom apartments feature high-end appliances, roll up doors and front patios. The two end units include large side yards, one facing the street and the other facing the back alley. Those two units go for a little more than others, which all range from $950 to $1,580 per month including utilities. The average most common unit size is about 650 square feet with a few smaller or larger.
Haberman said they want to build two tiny houses in the remaining space behind the building once the units are rented. These, she said, would be smaller than their 650 square-foot Tiny 10 homes.
The DeLuxe Apartments
Real estate broker Floyd Rowley bought the DeLuxe Laundry building on the south end of Wells Avenue from HabeRae last year. The DeLuxe building already had 10 lofts and an art gallery in it. Rowley did not renew Cafe DeLuxe's lease and is converting the former cafe space and art gallery into three new units while also constructing new 10-unit townhouses in the shared lot.
The 10 new units are studios or one bedroom apartments and 6 of them include in-unit garages. In total, The DeLuxe Apartments would include 23 different types of rental units.
“It's a unique (apartment) because it is the only combination I’m aware of where you have in-unit parking, brand new units with high-end appliances and contemporary lighting in Midtown," Rowley said.
Rowley said pricing is not yet determined but he hopes start leasing soon and open for tenants by the end of January or early February.
Correction, Wednesday, 8:30 p.m.: A quote in an earlier version of this story was retracted because it could be taken out of context.