For the first time in over 30 years, the historic Central School in Iron River opened its doors. But the former school, out of use since 1980, has a new purpose. Itâ??s been renovated into 22 affordable housing units, called Apple Blossom Apartments.
Wolverine Building Group began renovations last April, and is putting the finishing touches on the one, two, and three-bedroom units. They said they tried hard to keep many of the original designs of the building
â??Most of the building we used,â?? said Todd Tarsi, with Wolverine Building Group. â??Most of the structure was in good shape; we just had to make repairs to the parts that were water damaged, and it had to be brought up to code. The wood staircases are original, all the interior corridor walls are original,â?? Tarsi said.
The apartments will be managed my MTH Management who said most units are leased and will be ready for move-in on April 1. The apartments are a Low Income Housing Tax Credit/HOME Team Advantage development. The management has a goal of housing people with special needs, survivors of domestic violence, those who are homeless, or who meet low income guidelines.