Auburn Apartments Brister Mills Lofts Readies for Tenants

Brister Mills Lofts Readies for Tenants

Three years ago, Positively Auburn featured a story on C.W. Brister Mills, then in its infancy renovation phase. Now the first phase of property improvements on this historic 17,000 sq. ft. building are close to being completed, and the Kyle family is actively seeking seven loft tenants for this unique residential complex. The second phase of the project will add 4 – 5 more spaces, making a total of 11-12 lofts.

Snapshot History

C.W. Brister & Sons was founded in 1900 as a flour mill and remained active through 1982 when it was purchased by Birkett Mills in Penn Yann. The mill is located at 201 North Street along the railroad tracks on the north end of Auburn, near the intersection of Standart Avenue. Abandoned and left to decay, KyleCroft Development bought the building in 2007 with the vision of converting it back to its former glory, yet as a loft apartment complex.

Style & Amenities

The property consists of seven custom-built apartments ranging in size from 900 – 1600 sq. ft. KyleCroft restored the building while maintaining the industrial character of the structure and adding a modern architectural design. Details such as exposed electrical conduit and caged lighting were original to the site, and were maintained as an industrial-style design element. Silver metal flashing was used to frame the expansive windows. The open floor plan ensures no space is lost to hallways and connecting corridors.

There are three two-bedroom apartments, and four authentic New York City style lofts. Each apartment is equipped with stainless steel appliances, butcher-block counter/bar and A/C. Each space has their own personal 9 ‘x 12’ deck off the back for entertaining, and walk-in closets for spacious storage. Exposed brick walls, high ceilings, poured concrete radiant heated floors, thick wood beams and outdoor decks make the perfect backdrop for chic city living. The developer has maintained the maximum amount of green space surrounding the property, to allow for a park-like setting for the residents. The property’s back view showcases Auburn’s industrial past, with the renowned International Harvester complex and Finger Lakes Railway as the backdrop.

Keepin’ it Green

A major portion of the complex’s redevelopment supplies were utilized from reclaimed materials from deconstructed factories in Brooklyn, vintage doors from Cornell University, and local lumber from Mennonite and Amish saw mills. KyleCroft Development is a family business dedicated to the revitalization of local brownfield properties and derelict buildings. The family and a few close friends did nearly all of the renovation work on this project, with no financial assistance from grants.

Green elements include:

  • Heated floors using high-efficiency boilers
  • On demand hot water
  • Locally sourced and harvested woods from Mennonite and Amish saw mills
  • High-efficiency mini split air conditioning units
  • Spray foam insulation

Serving Young Professionals

The target demographic for Brister Mills tenants is young professionals. Grant Kyle, Project Manager, is in his mid-20s, and sees a gap in adequate housing options for this age bracket. The Kyles hosted an exclusive open house event for IGNITE, Cayuga County’s young professionals group in mid-April that was attended by 75+ people. To view the project renderings and floor plans visit

If anyone is interested in learning more, please contact Grant Kyle at KyleCroft Development. He can be reached by phone at 315.604-1608 or by e-mail