Lincoln Tower Apartments set to welcome new tenants

READING, Pa. - Eleanor Roosevelt gave a speech there. John Philip Sousa, the man behind some of the most patriotic sounds in the country, died there.

There's even a story of Andre The Giant having a little too much to drink at the hotel bar. And now, you can live there.

It's all part of a three-year, $16 million renovation project that is rapidly approaching its end. It includes a remodeled eight floors' worth of rental apartments, a soon-to-be restored grand staircase and an ornate lobby.

For developer Alan Shuman, the old resting right by the new has been the floor plan all along.

"We're really helping bring back some of the history of Reading," Shuman said, while giving a tour of the newly renovated rooms. "Every layout for every apartment has something really unique."

Are the apartments ready?

"The tenants start moving into the tallest or the highest residential units in Berks County this weekend," Shuman said.

During any renovation, a surprise is just a hammer-hit away, including an almost forgotten section that is being restored.

"It was a grand staircase that goes from the lobby up to the presidential ballroom."

Assistant Property Manager Karem Ortiz expects the spaces to fill up fast.

"I love how big it is. It has really high ceilings you don't see that nowadays," Ortiz explained. "It's a uniqueness that it has."

You don't have to sell current resident Frank Brown. He's been there for a year in one of the previously renovated spaces.

"When the community finds out this is here, and hopefully this well let people know this is here, I think they're going to love it," Brown said.

Apartments are move-in ready and priced from $700 to $1,100.

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