CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- No less than four housing projects are planned or proposed in a six-block area of greater downtown Charleston, north of Washington Street.
Only the most recent is close to becoming a reality, though, probably because it reuses an existing building -- the former Kyle Furniture warehouse on Smith Street.
Unlike the other three, you don't need special qualifications to live here. You don't have to be a senior citizen, meet low-income guidelines or join a special program for young professionals. All you need is money.
Prices start at about $230,000 for a two-bedroom condominium-style flat at what owners Bill Turner and Mark Miller have dubbed the ParkView Lofts, some of which overlook Appalachian Power Park.
You won't get to watch ballgames at the entry-level price, though. That investment will buy you a middle apartment in the three-to-a-floor layout the partners from Pison Development envision in each side of the warehouse.
"It's $270,000 for the front view," Turner said.
Those are minimum costs. Owners can upgrade from the basic level of interior finishes Pison's builders will provide. "It all depends on the build-out."
You can also choose to expand beyond the 1,500-square-foot basic two-bedroom by buying more than a third of a floor, Turner said.
"We have one person who wants one-half. Someone could have a whole floor." Here again, it all depends on how much someone wants to spend.
Turner and Miller bought the Kyle warehouse about a month ago, for $625,000. It came with a large parking lot, crucial for the project, they said. The Kyles had been using it until recently.
"They had used it for storage. It was never a showroom. This building historically was used for warehouse purposes," Turner said.
"We found some information [that] the building was constructed in the '20s. As far as we know, the first occupants were the Loewenstein family. After the Loewenstein family, it was National Furniture, and then National Furniture sold in to Kyle Furniture."