Chrisanntha, Inc. developed the historic restoration and adaptive reuse of three warehouses owned continuously for over 100 years by Birkett Mills, creating 12 upscale apartments, a luxury penthouse and approximately 5,000 sf of new commercial space in downtown Penn Yan. Its responsibilities include:
- Purchase the Birkett Mills properties along the Keuka Outlet.
- Investigate soil bearing, structural integrity and environmental conditions of the properties.
- Evaluate market conditions and articulate a development plan for an underserved market niche.
- Collaboratively design a pioneering product for the market with Architect, Site and Structural Engineers, General and Mechanical Contractors.
- Ensure design and construction meets the historic rehabilitation requirements of the National Park Service and State Historic Preservation Office.
- Negotiate easement and access agreements with municipalities and neighboring land owners.
- Obtain site plan approval for new street side and private lot parking, landscaping and utility improvements.
- Secure NYS grant funding, historic tax credit funding, construction and permanent mortgage financing for the project.
- Obtain the permits from the Department of Environment and Conservation and Army Corps. of Engineers to clean and stabilize the shore line of the Keuka Lake Outlet.
- Market and manage rental of completed facility.
IVERSEN CONSTRUCTION CORPORATION
Iversen Construction Corporation served as the General Contractor for the historic renovation of the abandoned Birkett Mills warehouse properties.
Multiple stages of construction occurred during the renovation. Using hydraulic jacks and skilled man power, the existing floors of Bldg. #120 were shored and timber columns were raised to original elevation. Support structures were then reinforced, interior framing, P, HVAC & Electric installed, leading to drywall and interior finishes for the new high-end apartments.
Concurrently, a building within a building was being erected inside the oldest structure, Bldg. #130. Timber columns were left in place while three floor levels were removed; structural steel was integrated with the wood framing for two new interior floor levels. Wall framing, mechanicals and finishes follow.
A new membrane roof was installed; metal siding and windows were installed matching the historical materials of the building; and exterior site work completes the adaptation of the site to a new purpose.
Upon completion, the historical exterior appearance of the Birkett Mills warehouse is restored with unique timber frame elements adapted into new, high-end apartments and commercial space overlooking the Keuka Lake outlet, saving another Historical Building for a future generation.