Owners put up security fence; present appeals board with plan for the future
MOUNT VERNON — The owners of the old Mount Vernon Middle School have 60 days to secure the property against trespassers and vandals before the Property Maintenance Appeals Board takes up a motion to condemn the building.
Property Maintenance Code Enforcement Officer Greg Bemiller recently issued a recommendation to the board to condemn the former school at 301 N. Mulberry St. because of continued vandalism and unsafe conditions.
However, he told the board that in the last couple weeks the owners, Jason and Larry Gunsorek, have begun cleaning out brush, closing up windows and doors, and installing a security fence.
The Gunsoreks told the board they are installing a 10-foot fence, with razor wire and barbed wire and hope to begin demolition of the auditorium and gymnasium sections soon. They said they are also looking at lights and motion-sensitive cameras if they can get temporary electrical service to the site.
Jason Gunsorek said their plans are to convert the classroom portions of the building into 50 or so “higher-end” apartments, renting for $600 to $950.
That would be phase one of the construction, with a second phase possible that could add up to another 50 units. They are also looking to acquiring some other nearby property as the amount of parking available will determine how many units are in phase two.