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Renaissance Plaza, an 11-story Harlem co-op originally scheduled for July occupancy, will quietly open its doors over the next few weeks, letting a handful of tenants move in prior to the ribbon-cutting ceremony set for October 31.

According to Robert Barletta, spokesman for Queens-based developer Levine Builders, project heads are awaiting final city approvals before embarking on a soft opening of the $60-million apartment building. Mayor Rudy Giuliani is expected to attend the official opening ceremonies October 31, Barletta tells GlobeSt.com.

Residents were selected by lottery at the 241-unit public/private venture, with half the building’s one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments going to Harlem residents. Roughly 3,500 would-be occupants are said to have applied at the uniquely financed co-op, in which a combination of tax abatements and a below-market mortgage kept buy-in prices significantly lower than comparable Manhattan co-op housing.

Levine, which developed Renaissance along with Greenberg Farrow Architects, recently tapped Leonard Jacob for the position of vice president of technical services. Jacob, former head of technical services at York Hunter Inc., will be involved in the design phase of Levine projects including pre-contractual bidding, estimating and scheduling.

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