A venerable building in north Leavenworth soon will be the site of new apartments.

The Abernathy Building, located at 1100 N. Second St., will be converted into a 130-unit apartment complex.

Seren Properties of Kansas City, Missouri, a division of Foutch Brothers, purchased the building in December 2017 and plans to convert it into upscale residential apartments.

Steve Foutch, owner of Foutch Brothers, said approximately 80 percent of the apartments will be one-bedroom units.

The four-story building, originally constructed in 1926, has approximately 109,000 square feet of space.

“The building is in really good shape,” Foutch said.

He said rent will be between $800 to $1,000 per month, depending on the apartment.

Foutch said a property manager has not yet been determined.

He said the building was purchased from Greenamyre Properties for a “sizable” cost.

He said the renovation will begin in May and take about 12 months. Construction costs will be about $17 million and local contractors will handle the work, Foutch said.

The project is the most recent in several undertaken by the Foutch Brothers in Leavenworth.

Foutch said the company also renovated the original Abernathy Building on Second and Seneca streets to senior residential apartments. The company also renovated the Stove Factory Lofts in downtown Leavenworth and affordable family apartments on State Street.

The Foutch Brothers also have had a hand in other renovation projects in Leavenworth. Caleb Buland, an architect for Foutch Brothers, is the owner of Exact Architects which renovated the Ben Day School and the Carnegie building into residential apartments. Exact Architects also is in the process of renovating the former North Broadway School into apartments.

Exact Investment Group recently purchased the building that once housed Immaculata Catholic High School and announced plans to convert it into a high-end residential apartment space.

Foutch said his company likes doing work in Leavenworth.

“The city is easy to work with,” he said.

He said another appealing aspect about Leavenworth is the high housing demand required by students at the Command and General Staff College on Fort Leavenworth.

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