The Loewensteins were among the city's titans of commerce a century or more ago. They built a warehouse for their hardware business at the foot of the Carriage Trail, where they could offload goods from sternwheelers. On Capitol Street, you'll find their name on what's best known as the Ellen's Ice Cream building.
By coincidence, Turner and Miller turned the upper floors of that building -- the former Fife Street Apartments -- into upscale lofts. They're fully occupied, they said.
The Kyle warehouse is actually two buildings, side by side, each 40 feet wide and 120 feet deep. Oddly, the floors don't match up inside. There's a 2-foot difference, which required a series of ramps to move furniture around.
Except for the solid brick exterior walls, they're mainly made of wood -- wood floors, wood posts, wood joists.
The ceilings are high, 14 feet, with one exception. That would be the top floor on the easternmost building, where the owners plan a penthouse apartment. There, a sloping ceiling rises to the front, providing room for a small second story facing the ballpark.
"The building will have a common area on the roof -- garden, lounge chairs, a grill," Turner said. "The penthouse will have its own area. The penthouse will be in excess of 2,500 square feet, with its own rooftop deck."
Interest has been high since news of the project emerged a few weeks ago.
"We're working on pre-selling right now," he said. "In the next two weeks, we're going to start assigning units."
Work already has started at the warehouse. One old freight elevator was removed and previously covered windows have been punched out. Turner has said the first occupants could arrive by the end of the year.
To contact Pison Development, call 304-342-2766.
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