Sitemap gets green light

Developers plan to create 17 apartments in the former school

CAPAC — Last month the Capac planning commission approved the site plan submitted by developers seeking to breathe new life into the former Capac college as housing for the elderly.

Plans are to approach the project in two phases, with the newer part of the building at the center of the first phase where one and two bedroom apartments with different square footage options will be created. The architectural drawings submitted as part of the site plan indicate that men’s and women’s washrooms are planned, as well as the creation of the necessary mechanical maintenance rooms and facilities.

The new one-story part of the old college housed classrooms, a cafeteria and a library. It will eventually be transformed into 17 apartments.

Ryan Kersten, one of the site’s developers, said he intends to create 17 units in the first phase of the project. The building’s amenities will be suitable for residents 50 and older, he said.

“We were hoping to start this summer, but with so many things to determine, like material availability, it’s likely to be later than that,” Kersten said.

Local business owners Jeff Kegler, Greg McConnell, Chris Nanni and Kersten are the official buyers. The school district said buyers paid $290,000 for the school and the property it sits on, plus $25,000 for parking directly across from the school on the east side of Neeper Street.

Under the terms of a vendors’ agreement, Capac Village and Capac Community Schools split the construction proceeds by 25 and 75 percent respectively, as the district owned the building and the village owned the property it owned. occupied. As a result, the village received $72,500 from the sale and the school district raised $242,500 for the purchase of the school and parking lot.

The school district officially listed the original 1930s building with various additions for sale in early 2021 and announced that a purchase agreement had been reached in May, with the school board selecting the highest bid from among the four submitted.

Last summer, the planning commission approved an application to rezon the Neeper St. property from single-family housing to multi-family housing.

Capac Village Manager Travis Youatt notes that the owners will likely need to install an elevator in the facility when they develop the older part of the building as phase two of the project because it has a second floor. The newer part of the building has only one floor and housed classrooms, a cafeteria and a library/mediatheque.