READING, Pa. - There's so much history in the walls of the former Abraham Lincoln Hotel, but for years, the landmark in downtown Reading had been struggling.
"It is the tallest privately-owned building in the county," said developed Alan Shuman.
Now, it's under the name Lincoln Tower Apartments, located at North Fifth and Washington streets. Shuman is putting the finishing touches on the apartments on the top floors, where he said the views are drawing many applicants. Shuman said rent prices range from $700 to $1,050 per month.
"We really need some successes like this building and more of these type of successes to attract other people to do more here," Shuman told 69 News.
Outdoor dining also makes a decades-awaited return to the Abe Lincoln; a restaurant and lounge are opening up with entertainment on Saturday nights.
"We'd like to bring it back to what it was," said Jeffery Stauss, the manager of the building's Abe Restaurant.
Wires still dangle from above in the halls, but Shuman said he hopes to have the apartments finished in the next month or so. Since housing and dining are back, it's only fitting one more aspect makes a comeback:
"For the first time in 50 years, we have the new Abraham Lincoln sign. It was formerly neon. It's LED now up on top of the building," said Shuman. "You can see it from miles away."
On top of nearly 100 years of Reading brick and mortar, the city skyline changes again.
"I love doing these projects, when I can go in and restore these old buildings and get them to the point where I know for the next 30, 40, 50 years or more, they're going to be maintained properly and really be a benefit to the downtown," said Shuman.
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