On Saturday, June 26, a final tour of the Bryant School in Hornell was given to alumni that attended the school.
Hornell City School District closed the school in June and sold the building to Park Grove Realty, who will turn the school in an apartment building.
One of the tour members was Carl Alexander, an 89-year-old man who attended the Bryant School from 1937 until 1944.
Alexander explained how he learned to play basketball there, and everything had changed with the additions to the building and the grocery store next door being gone.
Some residents oppose the creation of apartments, despite voters approving the sale to Park Grove Realty.
The units will have income caps for renters based on the median income in Steuben County.
While the city’s Common Council is debating rezoning the property, and some residents are opposed to the idea of an apartment building in the location, Alexander expressed that he thinks it’s great for retired, low income people who may not otherwise have the means to get by.