The Campton School Apartments development involves the historic adaptive reuse of the historic Old Wolfe County High School located at 166 Wolfe County Elementary School Road, in Campton, Wolfe County Kentucky 41301. The building is currently vacant, but was most recently used as Wolfe County Elementary School, until closing in 2005. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the architectural crown jewel of the City of Campton. With overwhelming public support, the project will be transformed into 19 units of mixed-income housing and the new Wolfe County Community Center.
On the residential side, the project will contain 13 one-bedroom, and six two-bedroom units. Sixteen of these units will be restricted to 60% of the AMI and three units will be completely unrestricted (in terms of income). All units will serve seniors 55 and older. These units are located in the main portion of the building where the former classrooms were located and contain approximately 23,551 gross square feet of space.
For the community center, the 6,318 gross square feet of space encompassing the former gym and stage will become the new Wolfe County Community Center. The County currently does not have a city or county wide community center. It will be retrofitted with brand new mechanical, electrical, and plumbing and will be upfit to include public restrooms, a concession area, a new stage and associated sound and lighting systems and perhaps a fitness center.
In all areas of the building, the historic character of the building will be preserved but the interior will be completely updated and modernized. New HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems will be installed throughout and unit interiors will be completely new with energy efficient appliances. Handicap accessibility will be paramount in the renovation. The site will be reworked to allow for convenient and safe parking, a new elevator and on-grade access to the building.
The new ownership entity of the project, Wolfe County High School LLLP, will lease the land and building from the Wolfe County Fiscal Court for a term of 99 years at $1/year. In return, the owner will lease the Community Center (gym) back to the Fiscal Court at the same terms. The County will be responsible for operating and maintaining the Community Center. Construction is expected to comments in October of 2014.