After going through "every inch" of the buildings, KyleCroft Development is ready to begin renovating the Nolan block.
Asbestos abatement at the downtown Auburn buildings — 41, 43-51, and 53 Genesee St. — will take place April 18 through the end of May.
KyleCroft President Grant Kyle said the renovation will cost between $2 million and $2.5 million, and continue for 12 to 18 months. The result will be five storefronts and 14 apartments.
However, KyleCroft's only current storefront tenant will open this fall, before the rest of the block is finished: Octane Social House. Owned by Rob and Joni Otterstatter, the 2,500-square-foot coffeehouse will also feature 28 self-serve taps of craft beer, a piano lounge, live music, a used book library, two classrooms, a vinyl record lounge, yoga lessons and more. One entrance will be located at 53 Genesee St., next to the Pawn King, but Octane Social House will also occupy the two-story addition to the rear of the building, facing Loop Road. Its opening is scheduled for Oct. 6.