The old Ferry Avenue Elementary School will become home to 39 low- and moderate-income tenants next month.
More than 100 people toured the $2.7 million project, to be known as the Joseph S. Presti Sr. Apartments and Community Center, after Friday's ribbon-cutting ceremony conducted by Niagara Falls Neighborhood Housing Service.
It was named for a deceased neighborhood resident who had been involved in many area projects and community matters. Its tenants will include senior citizens and handicapped people who are wheelchair-bound.
The 88-year-old brick structure at 1605 Ferry Ave. was closed as a school in 1980.
The 1 1/2 -acre Theodore J. Shemik Park behind the refurbished building also was dedicated. The park, with a gazebo and bocce courts, is named for a former Neighborhood Housing Service volunteer.