By a large margin voters in the Corning-Painted Post School District approved the sale of the old Northside Blodget Middle School Tuesday.
Just under 1,200 people cast their votes.
The result was 928 or 77-percent voting to approve the sale with 22-percent of the voters opposing it.
The building is being purchased by Arbor Housing and Development at a price of $200-thousand.
They plan to build 24 to 28 market rate single family homes on the property.
Even though members of the community may have emotional ties to the school building, District Superintendent Mike Ginalski explained why trying to convert the building into an apartment complex was not feasible.
Ginalski said: “We’ve had a number of developers tour that building and they all come to the same conclusion, that it would cost ten million dollars plus to renovate that. And therefore, in the end, the rents that they would have to put in place would be frankly, too high for this community to afford.”
Corning City officials say there is a need for more market rate single family homes in the city and that the project fits in with the city’s new housing strategy plan.
State funding is being sought to help pay the cost of demolishing the school.