HUNTINGTON — Back in February 2017, Bob Gleason and David Ray of B&D Realty heard that the former Elks Lodge building in downtown Huntington was going to be sold.

"It's a beautiful building with a lot of historic architectural work," Gleason said. "As the trend of downtown living continues to grow in Huntington, we thought the building would be perfect for luxury apartments."

At the end of April 2017, Gleason and Ray purchased the building at 1015 4th Ave. Since the building is a historic landmark, Gleason said it took some time to go through the proper channels before the renovations could begin.

"It's like we built a building within a building," Gleason said.

With the work nearly complete on the more than $1.5 million renovation project known as the Elk's Luxury Lofts, the building now houses nine apartments of various sizes.

"The first, second and third floors are all for residential living," he said. "There are two one-bedroom apartments on the first floor, with a two-bedroom also on the first floor. There are three two-bedroom units on the second floor, and there are three three-bedroom apartments on the third floor."

Gleason said the three-bedroom units are a little over 2,000 square feet in size, the two-bedrooms are approximately 1,100 square feet and the one-bedrooms are about 700 square feet. He said the rents range from $800 for a one-bedroom to $1,600 for a two-bedroom and to $2,100 for a three-bedroom.

"These are perfect for a college student that may have a couple buddies they want to live with while in school, the medical student that doesn't want to commit to buying a house and to the retiree looking for the convenience of downtown living," Gleason said.

Three buildings were torn down in the back to make room for off-street parking for tenants. The building has a front security entrance as well as a back security roll gate. Each unit also includes a washer and dryer. There are also other amenities, according to Gleason.

"A lot of downtown apartments don't have decks on each floor, or a front porch," he said. "We also have an elevator inside the building and a back door entrance in addition to the front."

Ray says the units come with high ceilings, tiled bathrooms and granite countertops, and the upper floor has the original hardwood floors from when the building was constructed in 1910.

"Everything has been completely redone," Ray said. "All new wiring, plumbing, heating, cooling and more are all brand new."

The downstairs of the building may be turned into a banquet hall or a restaurant, Gleason added, but he said those plans are on hold for now.

The Huntington Elks Lodge was instituted Jan. 1, 1895. It met at various locations, including the Broh building and the Kelly building, before erecting its 4th Avenue home in 1909.

"I think the history of the building will attract a lot of people," Gleason said. "There are also a lot of people trying to move to the downtown area, and we thought this would be a great addition to the community."

B&D Realty is planning to host an open house from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, for those serious about being one of the new tenants in the building.

"This is for interested tenants only," Gleason said. "We are hoping to get tenants moving in by the beginning of the year."

For more information about the open house, call Gleason at 304-522-3383.

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