Wednesday, August 15, 2012
A new apartment building project in Wichita is getting a lot of attention. An old elementary school building once scheduled for demolition is going condo.
What was once Sunnyside Elementary at Kellogg and Hillside is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The first tenants are moving in this weekend.
The building was built in 1915. Just a few years ago, Sunnyside was falling apart. Now you can live here.
"Some of the units have the original exposed bricks, the concrete floors, or the original hardwood floors," explained Ty Smith, President of Real Property Management.
But easily, the most talked about items are the old original chalk boards still in their school day glory.
"Some people really love to see things like that," said Smith. "It was left for its character. You don't have just blank painted walls."
One apartment even still has the open lunch counter where the lunch lady would pass through your food tray.
"You have the large hallways and the original hardwood floors," Smith said. "We left the old mailboxes that teachers would have used."
Yet another one has an entryway with those community drinking fountains of days gone by.
"We've shown these to several people who went to school here," Smith said. "I don't know if it was more of a curiosity thing, but we have shown it to people who have gone to school here."
Nearby, Real Property Management is also turning the old Kellogg School near Kellogg and Washington into apartments, but Smith says those won't be ready for another several months.
Studio apartments start at $495 per month, while the two bedroom units start at $945 per month. There is a community laundry room, but some units do have their own washer and dryer. All of the units are furnished with stoves and refrigerators.
If you are interested, Real Property Management is holding an open house at Sunnyside on August 26th from 2:00-5:00 pm.