VIDEO REPORT: Edgerton Tobacco Warehouse Renovation

By: Michael Stevens Email
By: Michael Stevens Email

Posted Monday, April 2, 2012 --- 10:36 p.m.

It was nicknamed the "Tobacco Capital of the World," as nearly fifty-five tobacco warehouses once dominated the small town of Edgerton.

"At one time the railroads used to be the mass transit in this country. At that time the trains would go by the warehouse, and the warehouse would actually act as a big billboard," said Dan Rinehart, the owner of four warehouses.

If the walls could talk you would hear stories dating back to 1870.

"This building saw the invention of the automobile. Right out in front, that used to be all horse drawn carriage and dirt roads at the time this building was built," said Rinehart.

Fast forward nearly 150 years, and there's a new history being created.

"If you go down the hall here, it's two bedrooms, beam exposed, and then the master bedroom and full bath," said Rinehart.

Rinehart, spent nearly $1.2 million renovating this property, converting an old warehouse into a 16 unit apartment building.

"I just saw opportunity and I just dedicated myself to doing something to the buildings and saving them."

For Rinehart, it's about preserving history, but it's also personal.

"Mable Berberich, she actually worked in the tobacco warehouses, and when I was a young boy she helped bring me up. I never really had a chance to thank her. She passed away when I was young but she was defiantly a grandma to me. So I named the building in honor of her," he said.

The apartments inside the warehouse go for $745.00 dollars per month. Half of them are already rented. The doors don't open until May 1st.

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