The former Lincoln-Jackson Elementary School in Scranton, Pa.

Vacant elementary in Scranton, Pa., will be converted to apartments

Sept. 17, 2019
Lincoln-Jackson Elementary School has sat unused since the Scranton district closed the building in 2011.

An elementary school building in Scranton, Pa., that has sat vacant for eight years will be renovated and converted to apartments.

WNEP-TV reports that the Scranton School District has accepted a $51,000 offer for the former Lincoln-Jackson Elementary School building from developer Art Russo.

Russo plans to turn it into apartments for senior citizens.

After the district closed the school in 2011, it has not been used. It now is characterized by boarded-up windows, broken glass, and a crumbling infrastructure.

"It's been a long time coming. I mean, you look at the place and it's just disgusting," says Ron Mikolayczak of Scranton.

The sale is expected to close in mid-December. The developer hopes to have people living in the revamped building as soon as fall 2020.

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