City Councilwoman Mary Jean Davis gushed about it at a recent meeting.
"When I went over there, I could hardly close my mouth. I'm just so excited. When you think about all the buildings we've lost, Chris Sadd has done an absolute amazing job."
The first thing you notice when entering a unit is the windows, rows of huge windows, along the outside wall -- eight feet tall, 40 inches wide. Sadd raised the shades on a Grant Street side apartment and sunlight flooded in.
Ceilings are tall -- more than 12 feet, except where ductwork is hidden above 8-foot ceilings.
Each unit is furnished with black kitchen appliances and wood cabinets, with lots of closets for storage and washer/dryer hookups.
Sadd pointed out some not-so-obvious features, like the climate controls.
"Each apartment has its own fresh-air system. [It] brings in fresh air from the outside, tempered air. Exhausts over the stove and in the bathroom pull air out of the unit, keeping it fresh.
"You'd be surprised how much moisture you generate cooking, and in the bathroom," he said. "It can stagnate if you don't pull it out. You've heard of sick-building syndrome?"
Despite the features, the apartments are modest in size, especially the bedrooms. A typical two-bedroom unit, with a living/dining room, open kitchen, bath and closets, runs around 850 square feet.
You can see sample floor plans at their website, GlenwoodAtLunaPark.com. The name comes from the once-popular amusement park that stood across the street. It closed in 1923 following a fire, just after the school opened.
Contractors preserved as much of the original school as possible, Sadd said. "We left the old room numbers. That's a dead door," he said, pointing at the janitor's closet, "but we left the janitor name on top."
In an apartment, an old baseboard butts up against a new molding on a new adjoining wall.
"We intentionally didn't try to match the original baseboard," he said. "We want to make it obvious -- this is a new wall, this is old. That's part of the preservation process."
That sort of attention comes at a price, about $4 million, Sadd said, nearly all of which is funded through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program of the West Virginia Housing Development Fund.
Private investors earn tax credits by investing in the project, he said, and the money is used for construction. "It's privately owned and operated," he said.
Because of the tax credits, the developers can't seek federal and state historic-preservation tax credits, as previously planned, Sadd said. Even so, they followed National Park Service historic-preservation guidelines for the project, he said.
The funding source also restricts eligibility for renting an apartment. While the project was always targeted for senior citizens, tenants also must meet low- to moderate-income standards.
According to the project website, single tenants can have no more than $27,060 in annual income; for two people, $30,900.
Rents are equally moderate -- $465 a month is typical for a one-bedroom unit, including water, sewer, fire service and trash. Two-bedroom units top out at $565, Sadd said.
Interest has been high, so far, he said. Dozens of people have filled out applications.
For more information on the apartments, call John Kushner, at 304-982-7757.