Location, Ambiance, History

One of the “bustlingest” places in Penn Yan this year has been Birkett Landing, Chris Iversen's redevelopment of the old Birkett Mills warehouses into a complex of 13 upscale waterside apartments.

One of the "bustlingest" places in Penn Yan this year has been Birkett Landing, Chris Iversen's redevelopment of the old Birkett Mills warehouses into a complex of 13 upscale waterside apartments. Construction has continued unabated for months with exterior residing and painting almost complete, and interior framing, wiring, plumbing, and ducting crews working in quick succession on each of the 13 unique apartments.

Iversen says the project will be complete by the end of September and a model apartment will be open for viewing by the end of August.

That first rule of real estate — location — will be one of the first draws for any potential renter seeking more than the average. Birkett Landing's proximity to Main Street Penn Yan, the Outlet Trail, and Keuka Lake itself via the outlet, makes the prospect of living there all the more attractive for those seeking to downsize or step up. All the services of the village are within easy walking distance, as are shopping, dining, and entertainment options.

With square footage running between 1,200 to 1,700, the apartments are large enough to feel like a home with distinct spaces, but smaller than many houses which require constant work to maintain. Two apartments have one bedroom plus den, six (including the penthouse) are two-bedroom units and six have two-bedrooms plus a den. Each apartment has water views, and plans are in place for remaking the waterfront with attractive landscaping, boardwalks, and boat slips. The premium amenities mean each apartment will be equipped with top quality appliances, including integral laundry and individual secure storage spaces, all included in the rent. Iversen also says the oversized elevator was designed to facilitate moving even large furniture pieces into the five story building.

The bottom level will feature a wine bar bistro and several retail spaces, plus a fitness room for residents. The Water Street level and that above will have five apartments each, three with second level loft spaces as dens or extra sleeping arrangements. Each loft has an exit on the fourth level, also occupied by two more apartments. The fifth level penthouse, with its 360 degree views, is filled with natural light.

Sales director Sue Stork emphasizes the unique character of each apartment. With the original massive beams left exposed in some, soaring two story living rooms in others, and individual floor plans and cabinetry, each apartment will be as distinct as their tenants. Hardwood floors will coordinate with the cabinets and each apartment will have granite countertops. Bedrooms and hallways are carpeted to minimize noise. Well laid out open floor plans maximize the adaptability of each space.

While the historic commission insisted certain architectural elements be preserved or recreated to maintain the character of the warehouses and their profile on Penn Yan's waterfront, Iversen has made sure all the windows, insulation, and mechanicals are all up to the most modern standards. Heat pumps and air conditioning are high efficiency units run on low cost Penn Yan Municipal electricity. Water and sewer and refuse removal are all included in the rent. Off street parking will be available on two levels, and access to the building will be secure.

Iversen says the apartments will be rented on a one-year lease. No price range has yet been released, nor a show apartment completely finished, but prospective tenants are already making their choices. Photos and plans can be seen at www.birkettlanding.com, and Sue Stork is available to make appointments at 315-514-0310.