Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

Sweeping renovations would make former elementary school one of NWI's 'crown jewels'

Hestia Investments unveils Phase 1 of plans

After sitting vacant for a year and a half, there's new hope on the horizon for the future of the former Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Elementary school.

Michael Reese, whose firm Hestia Investments purchased the school in 2021, last week released the outline of renovation plans for Phase 1 of the project. Architectural renderings call for sweeping changes at the Hartley building, which has sat empty since classes dismissed for the final time in the spring of 2021.

The main focus of the renovated building will be childcare programming and residential apartments.

"After acquiring the property it becam...

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