BETHLEHEM, Pa. – From 19th century ice house to apartment house, the Brinker Lofts will be the newest luxury offering in southside Bethlehem.
“The southside. It has so much good fabric. So much history… it has so many good things. Why not?” Jefferson-Werner owner Charles Jefferson said.
Lehigh University still owns the property.
“The building was built in 1893 and it was originally Lehigh Valley cold storage,” Jefferson said.
It’s taken almost a year and half of planning to find the right way to preserve the character of the building.
Construction has been going on for six months.
“There was never any drainage in the bottom so what we found was a lot of deterioration on the columns in the base,” Jefferson said.
“Your perimeter walls are three feet thick. So cutting holes in them is a challenge.”
“The roof that you see now that looks like it used to 100 years ago is a brand new roof.”
All to the tune of $8.5 million. Arguably the most exciting part of the project is the new indoor/outdoor restaurant space in what used to be the building’s engine house.
The project is on track to open July 1.