PHOTO BY DEBBIE ADAMS
The former William Byrd High School is being preserved and transformed into 84 market rate apartments.
The old gymnasium space is being converted into 20 apartments on two levels.

Developer Dave McCormack, president of Waukeshaw Development that has taken on the project, said he anticipates leasing will begin just after the first of the year, with occupancy in the fall of 2019. The utilities are in place. There is new roofing, plumbing, electrical, and HVAC. Each apartment will have its own HVAC unit

. Drywall is up in many apartments. In the gymnasium area, apartments are being framed in on two stacked levels for a total of 20 apartments in that area alone.

There will be 84 “market rate” apartments in the entire complex. As to why the developers decided to make use of the gymnasium space in that fashion, McCormack said, “In an attempt to create an efficient, financeable scenario, we always try to maximize the leasable space. This is always really hard to do in a school building, but this configuration helped with that. We have done this often, so we try to replicate some of the successes we’ve had over the years in this…



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