“I think something’s gotta be done to it. It’s been an eye sore,” neighbor Trenna Neufer said.
Over the years, the Hopkins Street School building has had several owners. Each one has tried to turn the old building into something useful for the community, but nothing’s lasted long.
“I know there were frequent break ins,” neighbor, Lois Kaminisky said.
It’s currently empty and continues to be a hot spot for crime.
“That is concerning because we do have a great community here. That’s why I’ve been here almost 30 years,” Kaminisky said.
The YWCA was the most recent owner, but between taxes and insurance, the building caused financial stress for the organization.
According to the Chemung County Clerks Office, the old building sold last month for 10,000 dollars.
“I was working with an investor from out of town. He actually had just purchased a school in Syracuse. He loved the Elmira area. He called to see what vacant buildings would be available for him to look at and develop,” RealtyUSA realtor, Susan Dublin said.
The reputable and promising developer is City Loft Corporation.
“[They’re known for] taking some old buildings that have been dilapidated, that need renovations and taking them to a new level,” Dublin said.
It’s unclear what the building will become, but neighbors have high hopes.
“Good rental apartments. Not low income or anything like that, but some good rental apartments,” Kaminisky said.
“He was talking about maybe doing some residential. But there are other commercial things he’s looking into that he’s very excited about,” Dublin said.