After decades of planning and about a year of renovations, an old school building in Scranton has finally come back to life.
Eyewitness News has been telling you about the renovations at the former North Scranton Junior High School for years but it wasn’t until Tuesday morning that our cameras were allowed inside to see the finished product.
The former school that sits at the top of Green Ridge Street is a landmark.
It was last occupied in 1987 until the first tenants of the new apartments just started moving in.
After having a vision 21 years ago, Gerry Langan, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries was happy to show off the new senior apartments that now make-up the old North Scranton Junior High School.
“Each apartment is just incredible in its own little format, different in each one of them but the 15-foot ceilings and the nine-foot windows, they’re so bright and cheerful,” Langan said.
Marie Hoffman is a former student.
Starting next month, she will be a tenant.
“You think of the happy memories that we did have here and hope that they continue when I move in,” Hoffman said.
Hoffman is happy the historic building has been saved.
“We were afraid it was just going to be torn down,” Hoffman said.
Years ago, officials say about 75-percent of the auditorium’s roof was actually on the ground. It has all been rebuilt and the stage is ready to be rented out for performances and recitals once again.
Besides the auditorium and the 58 new apartments in the building, each floor also has a meeting room and computer room for its residents.
“I could not envision it being so beautiful,” Langan said.
The total cost of the project was $24 million.
Ten tenants currently live in the building as of Tuesday and 40 of the 58 apartments have already been reserved.
Goodwill Industries expects to have all of the apartments filled by the end of the month.