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Former Central School to become apartments

Posted: Thursday, November 11, 2010

The renovation of the former Central School building has begun. Maxwell Construction, based in Greendale, plans 35 one and two bedroom apartments for tenants 55 and older with income based rent. An official groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Friday, November 19 at 11:30 a.m. on the grounds of the former school.

Quality Housing Development (QHD) in partnership with LifeStream Services are working to create affordable senior housing in east-central Indiana and plan to finish the Central School project by November 2011. The companies are located in Yorktown and have completed similar projects in Union City and Anderson.

The Central building was last occupied in 2004 and was purchased by QHD in 2007. Plans for the project were delayed due to the economic recession. The cost of completion is an estimated $7.7 million and is funded in part by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Asbestos will be removed from the building and work on the roof will begin in the next few weeks. The gym floor will be removed due to the presence of mercury. Each classroom will become an apartment with some apartments joining two classrooms together for a larger unit. Six new apartments will be built in the gym, some on the first floor and some on the second. Each apartment will be provided with appliances and window coverings. An area with three basketball hoops will remain in the gym for a community space.

Kenneth Adkins, QHD and LifeStream president and CEO, commented that the firms he represents know that the building is important to the community and they are pleased to be a part in making sure the building continues to be used and appreciated. The community will have an opportunity to name the new apartment complex in the near future and is welcome to tour parts of the building at the groundbreaking ceremony on November 19.