After passing by a blighted building for years, Mishawaka residents got their first peak inside the newly-renovated Main Junior High Apartments at the corner of Lincolnway West and Hill Street Friday.
"It's very nice, spacious," said Mishawaka resident Bob Pearce. "I'm surprised at the size of the rooms."
Over the past year, the city's used $7.5 million in grants, tax credits and TIF funds to transform the old school and Mishawaka Furniture building into senior living.
"It's great to see this building re-purposed into something that can be used for the next 100 years," said Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood.
Residents got to walk through the building's 32 units after a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday night.
It features several different one- and two-bedroom floor plans, ranging in price from $339 to $814 a month.
The rent for most of the units is income-based, but there are some market-rate units available.
Several prospective residents say they're impressed by the building's transformation.
"I really love it," said Mishawaka resident Lola Boyle, who's considering selling her home to move into one of the units. "All the two bedrooms are really nicely laid out."
After walking through the space Friday, there was a list of at least 50 people interested in becoming residents; a couple of people have already signed leases.
Main Junior High Apartments management tells NewsCenter 16 there are a few minor projects that still have to be completed, but they hope to hand out keys next week.
They say residents will be able to move in before Christmas.