Model Apartment Completed at Future Johnson City “Victory Lofts”
The first residents of an apartment complex being developed in a former Endicott Johnson Shoe Company building in Johnson City could move in early next year.
Syracuse developer Matthew Paulus said the target date for occupancy of the Victory Lofts project is January 1.
A model unit has just been completed in the massive building that eventually will have 156 apartments.
About 150 workers were busy at the project site west of Lester Avenue on Thursday.
Paulus said he's excited to have the opportunity to "redevelop this historic asset" which had been used by EJ for several decades. In recent years, the building had been idle. For a time, it was used as storage space for vehicles and other items.
The building was acquired by Paulus Development for $1.6 million in March 2020. Paulus outlined his plans for the property several months later.
Preliminary construction work for the $40 million project started last summer. There's plenty of activity inside and outside the building now.
People walking and driving by the site in recent weeks have noticed the exterior painting that's been done on the east end of the structure and the installation of new windows.
Paulus previously transformed the old Ansco Camera Factory building on Emma Street in Binghamton into a complex with 100 apartments and commercial space.
Apartment units will be located on the second through fifth floors of the building with parking available on the ground level. The commercial space is planned for the sixth floor of the complex.
Paulus said his company has received many inquiries from people who have expressed interest in leasing a Victory Lofts apartment.
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