Proposal calls for vacant Harrisburg school to become housing

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 4, 2013 5:48 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Plans are underway to convert vacant school buildings in Harrisburg into low-cost housing for seniors. 

The Hamilton School was shut down in June 2011 because of budget woes and is one of five vacant facilities in the district..

The proposal calls for turning its classrooms into 37 two-bedroom and studio apartments in the heart of the city's revitalization district for people age 62 and older.

A joint effort between the district, city, Summa Development and Pennsylvania Development Corporation would tackle the project named Hamilton Apartments.

It would be a for-profit venue that could make money for Harrisburg schools.

The plans are slated to be discussed this evening before City Council, which must give its approval before the properties can be developed.

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