Pulaski County OKs affordable housing project at old elementary school

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PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Pulaski County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to move forward with a plan to transform the old Claremont Elementary School into 50 affordable housing units.

Developers estimate the project will cost $10 million, which will come from a number of sources.

As part of the agreed-upon resolution, Pulaski County will cover half of the property’s real estate taxes over the next five years and the property will be designated a ‘revitalization area.’

“A wide demographic. People who are raising families all the way up to retirement age,” said Chairman Joseph Guthrie, who agreed the project’s wide appeal will serve the area well.

Landmark – the group behind the project – said it will work to add the site to the National Register of Historic Places.

“We want to provide a place that is unlike anything else that’s currently here,” said Landmark’s John Stiltner.

The group plans to convert the school building into 23 one, two, and three-bedroom apartment units, with another 27 units in a separate building a few yards away. Some units will have handicap facilities, and there will be utilities and common spaces interspersed.

The group aims to start construction by the third quarter of 2021 and complete the project a year afterward.

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