Repairs now under way on Barr Street School

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By Jesef Williams

Work is now under way to convert the old Barr Street School into a facility with multi-purpose community use.

Hope on the Hill, the local youth-serving organization spearheading the renovation project, plans to open the building in August – after improvements are made on the inside and a new roof is installed.

The Rev. Wayne Murray, chairman for Hope on the Hill, said the roof work began June 4.

The old roof is being replaced with an insulated fiberglass roof, which Murray says will reduce energy use.

That aspect of the renovation project is being paid for through a $300,000 federal Housing and Urban Development grant Hope on the Hill was awarded.

The roof job is projected to take about two months to finish.

The entire facility, except the gymnasium, is getting a new roof right now. A new roof for the gym will cost another $100,000, Murray said.

City’s money

Last month, Lancaster City Council awarded Hope on the Hill $100,000 that Murray said will be used to install a fire alarm, burglar alarm and surveillance system.

The money will also go toward plumbing and electrical work and to buy new doors and windows.

“It’s starting to move,” Murray said about the renovations. “All of this we hope to have finished in two months.”

David Cox Development is the contractor for the project.


Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com  or at (803) 283-1152