The old Schoeneck Elementary School has been turned into apartments, with some school touches left. By Paula Wolf, Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
The former Schoeneck Elementary School in West Cocalico Township has been converted into Homeroom Commons, a 17-unit apartment complex with rents ranging from $800 to $1,200 a month.
Developer Moyer Ziegler Partnership, of Myerstown, purchased the 19,000 square-foot plus brick building from Cocalico School District for $201,000 in December 2011. The previous January, the district voted to close the rural school, which had an enrollment of approximately 100, as a cost-saving measure.
The edifice was built in 1955, with an addition put on in 1991, said Adam Moyer, a partner in the project. Moyer declined to reveal the cost of turning the school building into rentals, but said the conversion was privately funded.
Construction began in mid-August 2012 and was completed by the end of February, he said.
Moyer had high praise for Cocalico School District and West Cocalico Township, saying officials were "very cooperative" and "extremely helpful."
At 80 W. Queen St. in Schoeneck, Homeroom Commons features five acres, which accommodates two parking spots per unit along with green space that will be extensively landscaped, Moyer said.
In addition to the 17 one-bedroom, one-bath apartments, Homeroom Commons features a community room. Access to the one-story building is by pass code.
The structure is equipped with all new windows, and the exterior was enhanced by adding Dryvit, Moyer said.
Apartments are from about 800 to 1,200 square feet, with three units -- in the school's former gymnasium -- boasting lofts.
Each kitchen comes with stainless-steel appliances -- a range, dishwasher, refrigerator and microwave -- as well as a garbage disposal option, he said. The kitchen floors feature vinyl that simulates wood planking.
There's also a laundry connector in the apartments if tenants want to add a washer and dryer, Moyer said.
The carpeted bedrooms include a walk-in closet, and the bathrooms have a vanity, a linen closet, and a shower with temperature pressure valve, he said.
The rent covers water and sewer, as well as garbage removal, snow shoveling and maintenance of public areas. Moyer Ziegler Partnership, which also manages Homeroom Commons, will handle repairs as well, Moyer said.
The units are warmed by an energy-efficient electric heat pump, he said. Heavy partitions between apartments provide sound-proofing.
Several companies played key roles in the project. Moyer said. MK Architects was brought on as the architecture firm, and A.H. Moyer Inc., a mechanical contractor, coordinated the overall work and provided plumbing, electrical and HVAC services.
Trademark Contractors Inc. did the framing and other construction jobs, Richard L. Sensenig Co. installed a rubber roof, and Iron Valley Ceilings put in the ceilings, he said.
Also, Bomberger's Store handled the flooring, Troutman Painting Inc. did the painting, Evergreen Custom Cabinetry built the kitchens, and Tom B. Morrissey TV & Appliances installed the appliances, Moyer said.
The developer tried to use as many local contractors as possible, he said.
The apartments are close to Schoeneck Park and about 5 minutes from Denver Borough, Moyer said. They're also 2 miles or so from access to the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Homeroom Commons will host an open house 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Directions from Lancaster: Take 501 North and turn east on Route 322. Turn left on Durlach Road, right on Indiantown Road and left on Schoeneck Road, which takes you into Schoeneck. Turn left on Queen Street. Homeroom Commons is on the right.