Several dozen people may eventually move into a century-old former high school building on Main Street in Johnson City.

Village Mayor Martin Meaney said a developer has outlined plans to transform the three-story building at 435 Main Street into a residential complex.

The old building was used by students for several decades until the new Johnson City High School opened in 1970.

A NY-PENN Trade Center directory inside the old Johnson City High School building. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
A NY-PENN Trade Center directory inside the old Johnson City High School building. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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The property was acquired by McKilligan Industrial Supply for $200,000 in 1975. It was transformed into the NY-Penn Trade Center with space rented to various entities including businesses and churches.

Meaney told WNBF News that developer Mark Lane hopes to turn the old school into a 62-unit apartment building. The mayor said the plan calls for 50 market-rate apartments and 12 "affordable" housing units. He said 30,000-square-feet of the project would be set aside for a "future commercial tenant."

Meaney said the redevelopment project is expected to cost "over $15 million."

The former Johnson City High School at 435 Main Street. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
The former Johnson City High School at 435 Main Street. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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Mark Lane could not be reached for comment on Thursday to discuss his plans for the former high school.

The school on Main Street in Johnson City opened on September 7, 1915 - the same day that Binghamton High School and Union-Endicott High School opened buildings a few miles to the east and west.

Only the east half of the Johnson City school had been constructed when classes were first held. The other half was added later.

Student lockers still line a hallway in the old Johnson City High School. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
Student lockers still line a hallway in the old Johnson City High School. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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A view of the main entrance to the former Johnson City High School from the second floor. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
A view of the main entrance to the former Johnson City High School from the second floor. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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