10/21/2007 - Biltmore Village Condo Plan Recycles Industrial Building
What: Lofts at Mica Village.
Where: 75 Thompson St., on the eastern edge of Biltmore Village.
Who: Mica Village LLC, owned by Whit Rylee, Jon Sheintal and Regina Trantham, is developer and general contractor. Charlotte-based Reinhardt Architecture is handling architecture for the loft portion of the project.
What's There: A brick and metal industrial building on the property was once used to mill mica, a mineral found in the region. It contained "a huge, loud machine with furnaces and belts, and this big cloud of smoke came up," Rylee said. It was very much like out of Dr. Seuss. There was this 2-inch tube that you opened and it filled a 50-pound bad."
Behind that on the 3-acre site are two older metal buildings and a couple of modern metal buildings.
What's happening: Four loft-style condominiums in the main building have been completed and are occupied. Six more will be finished in coming weeks. They are selling in the low to mid-$200,000 range.
The older metal buildings will eventually be converted into office space, and the new ones will be torn down, Rylee said. Partners haven't decided what they will do with remaining open space on the proprty.
More Information: Contact Dana Wingate here at Town and Mountain Realty 232-2879 or visit micavillagelofts.com