Former Phillips school apartments ready
Sunday, December 30, 2018
The former Phillips Middle School is nearly ready for people to move in as the building’s conversion into apartments nears completion.
Since 2014, Foutch Brothers LLC, of Kansas City, Missouri, has been working on remodeling the property.
Shawn Foutch, co-owner of Foutch Brothers LLC, which has developed and owned the property, answered some questions about the project and its upcoming completion date.
Q: Talk about the ongoing project to convert Phillips Middle School into apartments.
Foutch: The Phillips project is a historic renovation from the prior use as a school to its new use as a residential rental building. The building is placed on the National Register of Historic Places due to its architectural significance and historic importance to the local area. The renovation is being conducted in compliance with National Park Service standards for renovation of a historic building. From the outside, the building will continue to look exactly like the school it has always been. From the inside, it will also look much like it historically did, until you get into individual apartments. There you will see a unique combination of modern conveniences and historic materials, trim, space, and dimensions. The project creates 72 apartments including studio, one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom units. The building will have a community meeting room, a theater room, a fitness center, onsite manager’s office, and a small indoor parking area. Outside, we are providing a fenced dog exercise area and an outdoor grill/picnic area. The existing auditorium remains in place as it was, for use by residents and the community. Off-street parking is provided on the north and south sides of the building on areas that previously were streets. We will have a full-time manager and a maintenance person working onsite. All rental units are available to the general public at market rates (there are no low-income set aside or income restrictions.) We allow pets, but we are serious about requiring pet owners to take responsibility for their pet’s behavior.