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Adaptive reuse offers the best of both worlds

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A recent open house hosted by the developers of a historic landmark in Quakertown revealed the importance of renovating older structures into modern space, particularly for professional offices.

By blending the old with the new, Broad Street Preservationists LP, a partnership of developers, showed that you can keep historic features that lend a timeless charm and incorporate those elements with modern features and comforts that enhance the overall look and feel of the space.

The partnership developed the Historic Free Press Building at 314 W. Broad St. into an 11,000-square-foot space that capitalizes on the structure’s cathedral ceilings, large windows and skylights, glass doors and walls and original warehouse flooring.

All told, the building now has 21 office spaces, with 14 leased.

With the building on the National Register of Historic Places, the designation brings benefits to the borough and possibly brings more foot traffic to downtown businesses.

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