WEST DES MOINES – An old school building, that’s been in limbo for nearly three years, is now getting some new life. Phenix Elementary closed its doors in 2014, but developers have kept their eyes on it ever since then.
A number of ideas have been floated about replacing the building. Recently, designers decided to turn the old school into 17 apartments along with some art studios
An open house was held Monday to give the public one last look around. Developers say it’s a great way to make the building last even longer.
“If you’re from the junction your kids or you went to school here and so it’s a really beloved space and to give this building a future and to be able to give it the care and attention it needs to be in the neighborhood for another 75 years is a really special opportunity,” said Matt Hauge of the Community Housing Incentive group.
The total cost of the renovations is $4.8 million. The apartments are expected to ready in early 2018