CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) -- Demolition has started at the former Northside Blodgett Middle School in Corning.
Arbor Housing and Development, acquired the land over the summer and is overseeing the project.
"The goal is that we'll tear the school down and then create one vacant lot that is developable for twenty-six single family market-rate homes," said Arbor Housing and Development President and CEO, Jeff Eaton.
Their original plan was to build homes on the lots for around $150,000 to $175,000.
But Arbor now says that figure has changed.
"As the project has gone on, costs are a bit higher than we initially thought," said Eaton. "Also, some of our marketing has indicated that folks would really rather have a fifteen hundred-ish square foot house, which would, again, increases the price."
Now Arbor says the range for building the homes comes in around $200,000 to $225,000.
They say the price increase accounts for things like the cost of the land and utility hookups.
But Eaton isn't concerned about the increase in price.
"We're not concerned about the market at all," said Eaton. "We think the market right now is strong and is perfect for what we're trying to do."
Eaton says it'll take around two and a half months do completely demolish the school.
From there, they'll start preparing the land to be sold.