Historic newspaper building upcycled into urban apartments
Rendering of 501 Broadway addition via Rosenblum Companies
The historic Troy Record building, home to the newspaper since 1906, stood vacant after then newspaper offices relocated to newer, smaller quarters in the city.
Occupying a prominent corner at 5th and Broadway in downtown Troy, the historic 50,000-square-foot building was converted to residential and retail space that, along with a new building next door, will offer 101 loft-style residences known as The News Apartments.
|Troy Record building prior to renovation, via Google Street View|
The $23-million renovation had to be sensitive to the historic nature of the 112-year-old building that had been expanded four times over the years.
The buildings integrate modern technology with historic architecture. The developers worked to preserve historical details, including interior brick walls, steel beams and latticework, and original terrazzo floors in several areas.
Project developer Rosenblum Cos said they won't seek LEED certification but designed the project to include environmentally friendly features. For instance, LED lighting is used throughout the building and pavement is porous to reduce stormwater runoff.
The building was converted to geothermal heating and cooling using 42 wells that are 490 feet deep each.
The new wing includes a rooftop "sky deck" with gas firepit and grilling station, a package delivery room, co-working space, pet spa, lounges, bicycle storage and repair areas, WiFi and a 24-hour fitness center.
Leasing on the new apartments went quickly, officials with the developer said. The building is within walking distance of downtown attractions including coffee shops, bars and restaurants.
Rents range from $1,200 to about $2,400 a month for one-, two- or three-bedroom units.
Gary Wollenhaupt is an experienced writer and editor, with a background as a daily newspaper reporter as well as corporate and agency public relations and marketing. He is constantly looking for affordable green upgrades to make to his home in eastern Kentucky.www