PHA Works on Scottsville School turned Senior Living
Crews are putting the finishing touches on a nearly $5 million makeover of an old schoolhouse in Scottsville. The project is providing low-income seniors with upgrades to their apartments that haven't been done in two decades.
Bea Proffitt was one of the first tenants to move into the old Scottsville School in 1991. Her bedroom now was her math classroom back in the day. She joked, "I'd rather be where I am today than try to learn math!"
Proffitt's apartment is now one of the first finished in the first rehab in two decades. "It was quite different. They have really, really done a great job making everybody happy," she said.
Crews are completing upgrades to all 34 apartments. Six are now fully accessible. All feature energy-efficient appliances that can cut utility costs by 25 to 30 percent.
The schoolhouse also has a new roof. And Proffitt's favorite part - taller windows that match the building's historic style.
Piedmont Housing Alliance (PHA) pieced together $4.9 million in funding from low-income housing and historic tax credits to pay for the makeover.
"We just go in and once they get to this stage, try to do a complete overhaul of all the major systems," Kevin Wood, the PHA project manager, said. "It was something that desperately needed doing. And I think we've managed to hit a home run here."
That sense of success in Scottsville has PHA eyeing future historic rehab projects in and around Charlottesville.
Wood said, "We're looking hard in the city and other areas to find something similar. We haven't found existing projects like this."
The final tenants are expected to move back in by November 7. Right now, the Albemarle County Office of Housing has 71 seniors on a waitlist to move in to two open apartments at Scottsville School.
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