Grant Street Lofts bring new life to old warehouse

7 boutique condos coming in spring to historic building on city’s east side

The unassuming red brick building at 228 E. Grant St. in Lancaster has had many incarnations in its 110 years of existence — from warehouse to artisan’s studio and private residence. And now, it’s about to have one more.
Come spring, the building will house seven boutique, high-end condominiums known as Grant Street Lofts — making it the latest city urban reuse project to convert a historic commercial property to housing while preserving its charm and character. Part of the benefit of adaptive reuse is Lancaster’s LERTA tax abatement program, which will benefit residents of Grant Street Lofts for seven years.
Formerly the Jacob Bowman Tobacco Warehouse, the four-story building is on the National Register of Historic Places and won a Lancaster Preservation Trust Award in 2003 when it was the home of custom furniture maker Steve Cherry and his wife, Kim.
When it came on the market again recently, it caught the eye of developers Dan and Jennifer Steiner of Philadelphia-based Keystone Building Partners.
For Dan Steiner, it’s a coming home of sorts. A native of Lebanon, Steiner went to Franklin and Marshall College before starting his career as a mortgage broker in Philadelphia.
“Something about Lancaster pulled me back here,” Steiner says. “I think the city is trending in an incredible direction. We love the culture here.”
And Grant Street is a prime spot for that revitalization on the city’s east side. Grant Street Lofts is across the street from Box Company Flats, another converted warehouse now home to vibrant, artistic living space.
“This is a passion project,” says Jennifer Steiner. “We only did this when we found the right building in the right neighborhood with the right team.”
The Steiners’ team includes Dan Ott of D. Ott Construction, one of the visionaries behind the renovations at the Excelsior on East King Street; Peter Kerekgyarto of Beers and Hoffman Architects; Henrietta Heisler of Henrietta Heisler Interiors Inc.; and Realtor Beth Andrew of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty, listing agent for the property.
Once complete, the Grant Street Lofts will range in size from 1,300 to 3,300 square feet, with two condos on each of the first three floors and a penthouse condo on the fourth floor. Prices start at $349,000.
A rooftop deck offering both communal and private spaces will give residents a spectacular view of the city skyline.
“Our design-build partnership helped us focus on the end goal from initial conception,” Dan Ott says. “Our team all worked together from day one to deliver the absolute best value per square foot — something we’re very proud to offer.”
Units on the first three floors will include two bedrooms and two and a half baths, while the penthouse will have three bedrooms and three and a half baths.
All condos will have open floor plans featuring customizable gourmet kitchens with Thermador appliances and quartz and granite countertop options. Luxurious bathrooms will include a tub and tile shower, and bedrooms will feature walk-in closets.
Select units offer Juliet balconies and options for a fireplace. All units include secure, private indoor parking with elevator access to the front door.
Fused with all the modern amenities will be the industrial charm of the historic building, with its exposed brick and beams, large windows and refinished wood floors.
And those involved with the project point to the appeal beyond its four walls — a tight-knit, social community on a peaceful little street that is both removed from the city’s hustle and bustle yet an easy walk to all that downtown has to offer.
Just a few short blocks away is Musser Park, Lancaster East Side Market, Lancaster Museum of Art and a host of restaurants and galleries.
“Lancaster is the coolest city on Earth,” Heisler says. “Who wouldn’t want to live here?”
For more information about Grant Street Lofts, visit www.grantstreetlofts.com. Contact Beth Andrew at Berkshire Hathaway for a private showing and to reserve your unit at BethAndrew16@gmail.com or 717-283-6265.