Article published at WDBJ7.com on April 11, 2018.
Hints of former classrooms are still visible inside the Old Prices Fork Elementary School.
The halls, doors, cabinets, and sign outside look the same. But open a classroom door and there’s a new view.
“We’re trying to retain the history that’s been earned by this building since it’s been in service and it really makes a difference when you’re done,” said Developer Joe Fortier.
He took on this task about four years ago and updated nearly everything inside. Instead of instruction space, 16 two-bedroom apartments line the halls for people 55 and up. It’s prime location beside a road with the same name as the school has made the construction a popular topic among former students and people in the community.