BATAVIA – Downtown Batavia is getting two more loftlike apartments on Jackson Street, a main business thoroughfare.

Edward A. Sielski’s three-story building – that long has housed a shoe repair shop – will have his dental offices on the ground floor and two two-story 1,000-square-foot apartments above.

The $170,000 rehab was helped by a $60,000 state grant. Sielski said several people have shown interest in renting the apartments.

The city’s downtown once had hundreds of residents before the 1960s, when an urban renewal plan put a shopping mall in place of aging structures that had retailers on the first floors, offices on the second and apartments on the third.