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Featured Project: Town of Dallas Housing Development Project

(Dallas High School - Apartments Project)

For many years, there's been a statewide shortage of housing for the elderly. In August of 2002, the Town of Dallas took steps to address those concerns through the renovation of the historic Dallas High School located at 300 W. Church Street, a few blocks from the heart of downtown Dallas.

The project was financed with approximately $3.6 million dollars of federal and state tax credits, federal and state historic rehabilitation funds, and Community Development Block Grant Housing Development funds, which resulted in the transformation of the old, abandoned Dallas High School into a 33 unit apartment complex for the elderly. The renovated facility has amenities that include an exercise room, an Audio-visual room, a kitchen and private dining area, several sitting rooms, laundry facilities, and other features.

The success of the project was evident early in the development stages when all 33 units were pre-leased prior to construction. Several of the current residents attended the old Dallas High School, and many have said that living in this newly renovated structure is like returning home. The school still has many original features, such as the original lockers, which provide a truly nostalgic feel.

Numerous old school memorabilia adorn the hallways. Old yearbooks, pictures and plaques have been donated to the school and are on display to help bring back the memories of years gone by. The Dallas High School Apartment Project is truly a success story in terms of restoring an abandoned historic building for re-use.