Randall Lofts gives sneak peek inside downtown apartment

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – With a growing demand for places to live in downtown Fort Wayne, the Randall Lofts has become a new option and is just about ready to open. The 44-unit complex is nearly completed with the first tenants set to move in September 1.

Photo Gallery | Randall Lofts in downtown Fort Wayne

The newly-renovated apartment complex has sat on the corner of Harrison and Pearl Streets since 1905. It was once the Randall Hotel. Construction started on the project last September. NewsChannel 15 was invited to get a sneak peek inside a finished apartment and there are high ceilings, big windows, and a great skyline view of downtown Fort Wayne, just to name a few amenities.

Real America Development and Management, out of Fishers, Ind., is over the project. The company has built or renovated other properties throughout Allen County. Ronda Shrewsbury Weybright, president of the company, bought the property with the notion of the need to live in downtown Fort Wayne.

“We have always wanted to be downtown. We knew there was a market for downtown,” Shrewsbury Weybright said. “Found this building and it went from there and the city was supportive, the Indiana Housing Community Development authority was really supportive. So, it just worked.”

The project is worth $7.5 million with funding coming from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. The IHCDA has given $675,000 in tax credits for the next 10 years. The city of Fort Wayne gave $600,000. As a part of government funding, developers must keep the historic integrity of the building.

The apartments have big windows with natural sunlight, views of the Fort Wayne’s skyline, a rustic industrial urban look, high ceilings, and even more amenities.

David Lamb is the property manager for Randall Lofts. He left Fort Wayne to be a property manager at a complex in north Chicago. He said his hometown was lacking the type of downtown living people wanted, but has come back and is pleased with the development of urban living in downtown Fort Wayne.

“Being a Fort Wayne native, I found that I had to leave to find those sorts of things, the more urban lifestyle and the way it’s coming to downtown now is very endearing to me,” Lamb said.

Getting the word out about the Randall Lofts has sparked vast interest in the property. Lamb has taken dozens a call a day and people stopping by the leasing office to get information.

“As soon as we put that open sign on the leasing office door, people started coming and they wanted to know all they possibly could about it,” said Lamb.

There are only 16 units left and Lamb said the rooms are being leased quickly. The rent is income-based with rent ranging from $250 to $700 a month. Real America is also working on another property that will be called Superior Lofts. This will be a 66-unit apartment on the corner of Superior and Calhoun Streets. Those apartments should be ready by 2015.

For more information about the Randall Lofts, including how to to apply, click here.

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