Pasley discusses project plans at Carver School with Rotary
At Wednesday’s Fulton Rotary Club meeting, Victor Pasley spoke to members of the George Washington Carver School Cultural Center apartment project.
The project – in coordination with MACO Development Co., LLC – would allow the George Washington Carver Cultural Center board to renovate the school into 33 senior apartments.
Fulton City Council voted 7-0 at its Tuesday night meeting to authorize a resolution supporting a proposal to restore Carver School and convert it into apartments. Dan Sanders – a representative of MACO – made a presentation on the proposed preservation and development.
Carver School was built in 1937 and closed in 1982. The school was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.
On a trip to Kansas City, Pasley stopped in Sedalia and saw the Lincoln-Hubbard Elementary School remake. It had been renovated and developed into an apartment complex. Pasley liked the idea so much that he returned to the Carver board and told the members that was the direction they needed to go.
The board met with MACO in 2018 and the firm felt the Carver School was in much better shape than Lincoln-Hubbard, so renovation plans moved forward.
The next step was to verify the tax credits needed to make changes to a historic site. This would include historic federal and Missouri tax credits, and to make life affordable for seniors, federal and state tax credits for low-income people, and federal and Missouri housing tax credits. affordable would be necessary.
These tax credits would help finance the construction of the project. Pasley also spoke with Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe and Fulton City Council.
The plan is to restore the Carver School to what it looked like in 1937. That means the same wood, windows and other materials will have to be used to keep it as authentic as possible, Pasley told Rotary members.
In the restored school there will be nine apartments, four of which have two bedrooms and the rest are one bedroom. Behind the school, new construction will take place to create the other 24 apartments, which will all be two bedrooms.
The new building will be on two levels and will include an elevator. The apartments will be of standard size, equipped with a full kitchen and a bathroom. The expected rent will be between $ 600 and $ 650 per month, and between $ 320 and $ 370 per month for residents with special needs.
In terms of equipment, the complex will include a fitness room, a computer room, a general dining room, a community kitchen and a museum space where memorabilia from the school over the years will be displayed.
“Looking at Carver School now, it’s just an eyesore up there,” Pasley told Rotary members. “So we have to finish this project and renovate it and modernize the whole neighborhood not only for this part of town, but it will be a real asset to the town of Fulton.
MACO would own and manage the restored school and apartments, but has yet to secure funds for the project. If things go as planned, Pasley explained, construction could possibly begin in the summer of 2022.
In the meantime, Pasley added that Carver’s board of directors is working on setting up donations for those who wish to help fund the project.