The former Roosevelt-Lincoln School complex, which could have become a conspicuous downtown eyesore, has become a showcase for downtown Salina, Kansas.
Pioneer Group, won the right to buy the former Roosevelt-Lincoln complex and turned the two original school buildings into a 61 unit apartment complex that is being marketed to those 55 and better who will further populate the city's core. This project already is breathing yet more life into Salina's downtown, supporting existing businesses and encouraging the addition of even more restaurants, entertainment outlets and art attractions. Construction on the project began in February 2005. The financing utilized federal and state historic preservation tax credits, and federal housing tax credits.
Pioneer Group committed to making a "green" project. The project design followed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, as set by the U.S. Green Building Council. Building green is a way to cut future operating and maintenance costs. This project is being cited as a model project and could change building practices throughout Salina.
Immediately after completion of this renovation project it received two preservation awards. The Salina Heritage Commission awarded its Historic Preservation Award under the category for Building Conservation - Adaptive Reuse; and the Kansas Preservation Alliance recognized this project with its only 2006 Award for Excellence. And, as one can see at the top of the page, yet more awards followed.