WILKES-BARRE – In one sense, business has peaked for Jeff Pyros at the Luzerne Bank Building.
The six apartments on the 14th and top floor of the Wyoming Valley's tallest building have been rented and Pyros has dropped his focus to the floor below, where another six units are under construction.
The one- and two-bedroom luxury apartments starting at $1,000 a month almost sell themselves with their amenities, downtown location on Public Square and views of the mountains bordering the valley and the Susquehanna River as it meanders south through the city.
Pyros, general manager of the building, said he advertised them for a week and then pulled the ad because of the overwhelming response.
"We're not advertising them at all," he said. "We're still getting calls for them."
The project to convert office space in the two uppermost floors of the building built in 1930 started earlier this year.
Don Sanderson, co-owner of the building with the Pyros family and former partner in the firm Pyros and Sanderson architects, designed the apartments.
Sanderson, who is retired, and his wife, Judy, are moving to the front apartment on the 14th floor from their home in Bear Creek.
The couple's front windows open to the western horizon. At the opposite end of the building the rising sun shines into Joseph Chlubicki's apartment.
He owns Jungle Computer and has an office in the building, making a short commute to work.
"It was just really convenient," Chlubicki said, explaining his reason for renting.
"I have everything here," he added.
The apartments have stainless steel appliances and a stackable washer and dryer. Rent includes heat, air conditioning, water, sewer, electricity, garbage pickup and a parking space at the Intermodal Center connected to the bank building by a pedestrian bridge. Television and telephone services are the responsibility of the renters.
Chlubicki is part of the tenant mix made up of a retired couple, professionals and city firefighters, said Pyros.
Except for the Sandersons, the other renters are all males, and Pyros has a theory about that.
Men can look at a floor plan and decide whether it suits their needs, he said.
But it's not that they'll take anything.
The project is ideal for people who desire an urban lifestyle, Pyros said. Right outside their doors they can walk to the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts and Wilkes-Barre Movies 14, restaurants and bars on the Square and along Main Street, and the River Commons park.
Visit www.65psa.com for information on the apartments in the Luzerne Bank Building.