Old school building welcomes new senior residents

By Kelly McCarthy

December 13, 2013 Updated Dec 13, 2013 at 7:35 PM EDT

Waverly, NY (WBNG Binghamton) What was once an old school building in Waverly, now reopens as a senior living community. The Muldoon Gardens Senior Living Community welcomes its first residents.

Every room in a person's home is filled with memories made in year's past, but for John Reynolds, his new home is filled with memories from his days in high school.

"This room here where I live now was my homeroom and Mr. Winky's science room, and my desk was just to the right of me," Reynolds said, "And now here I am, racking up the hours again."

Reynolds was a student at Mary Muldoon Junior and Senior High School in the 1960s. The school closed in 1967 and the building started to deteriorate.

The thought of rehabilitation seemed too far gone to many of its former students.

"It just looked like, who would ever justify redoing that?" said Reynolds.

It cost $9.9 million in total to renovate the building. It was a combination of private and public money, including a state award from the Regional Economic Development Council in 2011.

"It took us many many years to raise the financing and then the construction," said Nelson Leenhouts, chairman of Home Leasing, LLC, "Restoring a historic building that really had a lot of water damage, it had been vacant for about 20 years, it was very challenging."

There are 31 senior apartments and a community room dedicated to a former teacher. A transformation that could make the entire village proud.

"To save this from being torn down," said Waverly Mayor Daniel Leary, "to put it into the beautiful sight it is today, has got to be a plus for everybody."

Waverly is holding a tinsel lighting ceremony Friday night in the Muldoon Gardens to celebrate its grand opening. Rooms are still available, for more information click here.

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