Nick Montes reports. Video by 620wtmj.com
MILWAUKEE – City leaders took Wednesday to celebrate the refurbishing of a middle school into something news: a senior community complex.
The Jackie Robinson School, in Sherman Park, was turned into the complex with 68 apartments.
They made sure to keep tradition.
“I really like these floors (being) original,” said Mary Jackson, who lives there.
“These are the same floors that were here when my daughter was going to school.”
Jackson never thought she’d live where her daughter was a valedictorian.
She told TODAY’S TMJ4’s Nick Montes it gives her apartment much more meaning.
People who organized the project used low income and historic tax credits to make the construction happen.
MPS sold the school because it had a surplus of buildings.
“The school lends itself greatly to apartments. We used every single classroom for an apartment floor,” said Ted Matkom of Gorman and Company.
The complex even keeps signs from the school, such as the principal, assistant principal, security and auditorium signs.
What was once a school library is now a community room.
“It’s gorgeous. When you come inside, you’re warm and you’re comfortable.”
The place is fully leased, and there is already a waiting list.