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Work on Graystone Court progressing at full speed

March 20, 2012

The former Mary A. Wilson Elementary School is nearly unrecognizable after renovations to turn it into Graystone Court Apartments. The complex is expected to be complete in July, according to developer and owner Jeff S. Long. (Photo by Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Construction on the Graystone Court apartments and tower has resumed full throttle after a short winter layoff.

"We stopped in November working on the outside and resumed construction on the towers with the onset of the warmer weather," said Jeff S. Long, developer and owner of Graystone Court Apartments.

Long said work crews have two more floors to construct on the apartment tower.

"We can't hang any drywall in the tower until we get the roof on it," Long said, adding that the roof should be in place within a month, and then the interior work will commence.

Over the winter, construction crews worked inside the former Mary A. Wilson Elementary School, which was purchased by Long from the school
district, he said.

Long said crews have worked at installing crown molding, creating rooms with drywall and kitchen cabinets throughout the former school building.

"Transforming classrooms into apartments wasn't difficult at all," he said. "Each classroom was converted into one-bedroom apartments. The school portion of the complex is nearly complete; we'll be wrapping up the painting and trim within the next three weeks."

Long said he has 35 to 40 workers at the construction site every day. Although the weather has been warm and sunny as of late, Long is not concerned about any upcoming April showers.

"If it does rain, we have plenty (of) work to keep the workers busy on the inside," he said.

Long said the weather won't be a factor for laying cement blocks anymore, as long as the temperature doesn't dip below freezing.

"I dislike adding anti-freeze to the concrete mixture, especially with a high-rise," Long said. “I worry that the concrete won't be stable enough with anti-freeze.”

Long said the tower, when complete, will be eight stories high, with eight apartments on each floor and 18 garages to go with it.

He said all of the apartments will have their own washer and dryer.

The old school library will become a game room, and the multi-purpose room — minus the stage — will be the dining room with a full kitchen, Long said, adding that he expects the complex to be complete by July, with an open house to follow.

Appliances are included in all of the apartments,Long said, adding that about 20 apartments are pre-leased.

Anyone who rents an apartment now will be able to choose the color of carpeting, cabinets and wall colors, he said.

Long said when he holds Graystone's open house, most people won't be able to recognize that it had been an elementary school from the interior to the exterior.

For more information, call Graystone Court at 814-938-5474.

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