"It's important we get that done before the end of December because you never know what January weather will be like," Wilson said of the drainage work. Framing will take place throughout the winter.
The result will be a 38-unit, age-restricted facility for residents 55 and older offering 19 one-bedroom and 19 two-bedroom apartments with full kitchens, full bathrooms, washers and dryers. A lobby will connect the old and the new wings of the building, while the community room with a warming kitchen, computer station and books as well as seating areas throughout will connect its residents.
Wilson said historic prints and artwork from classes that attended the school will decorate its interior.
"The building will ultimately celebrate the history of it as a school," he said.
The exterior of the building was designed with this in mind as well, Wilson said, as the new wing will be added to its east side, allowing the existing structure to remain in the foreground when driving up to it.
"The new wing is really designed to sit back and let the historic building be what you visualize and what you see when you approach the building," he said.
An elevator in the new wing will provide access to the entire building, which will align with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The facility will also staff a full-time manager and office worker and will be equipped with controlled access doors and security cameras.
Outside the building, raised planting beds will be available in a resident garden along with new sidewalks and streetlights.
No traffic delays are expected during construction, Wilson said, as curb cuts already exist on the site.
Crestline Communities received more than $600,000 in tax credits a year for the next 10 years from the state in March to fund the project.
Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him: @PharosMAK
Plans for McKinley senior housing • 19 one-bedroom, 19 two-bedroom units with full kitchens, full bathrooms, washers and dryers • Community room • Controlled access doors and security cameras • Resident garden