The developer in the process of buying a majority of the old Julia P. Bryant Elementary School campus proposes to make it a senior community called Bryant Landing and create 51 apartments in Phase I, keeping and transforming three of the former school buildings in the process.

Those three buildings would be renovated to provide 11 two-bedroom apartments, 13 one-bedroom apartments, one efficiency apartment, and a community space for residents. Additionally, three new structures would be built, including two along the Stockyard Road side of the property containing eight two-bedroom apartments each and one building along Donnie Simmons Way containing 10 one-bedroom apartments.

That would be Phase 1 and could cost $9 million or $10 million from land acquisition to final buildout, said Bill Gross, whose W.H. Gross Construction Company, based at Kingsland, is a leading developer of tax credit-financed senior housing in southeastern Georgia. In some of his projects, he repurposes historic structures such as former schools, with one showcase example being the Romana Riley Lofts in Savannah. Spread-out, single-story former Julia P. Bryant Elementary is not as quaint as the three-story,circa-1909 Romana Riley School, but Gross still wants to recapture some old-school appeal.

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