Lemoyne Middle School sits in what many call the heart of the borough.
In the summer of 2013, that heart stopped beating when the school shut its doors to cut costs for the West Shore School District, and the community took notice.
“One of the best things about Lemoyne is we have a great sense of community. You know, Lemoyne, the little town that has it all, and we have good people that get involved,” said Tom Beene, whose kids went to Lemoyne Middle School.
Involved people showed up at a meeting to let the building’s new owners, Real Estate Collaborative LLC, and one of their partners, RGS Associates, know exactly what they should do with the building.
“This is a complete scrap the work that’s been done to date, listen to the community’s input and desires, and develop a plan going forward based on that feedback,” said Mark Hackenburg, principal of RGS Associates.
Residents were broken up into smaller groups where they brainstormed and gave developers a wishlist for the property.
One of the most common requests was to preserve the architecture of the building while finding a way to restore life to the property.
“We want to make sure that the rest of the community doesn’t become parking lots, like the Carlisle Pike. We want to make sure that’s a green space,” said Beene.
Beene says he and many of his neighbors are hopeful that the property will be in good hands.
“I think those folks have the best interest of the community, and I believe the residents do the same, and I believe coming together, we’re gonna work on a resolution that’s good for everybody,” said Beene.
Online surveys will be available until July 27, and then it’s up to developers, but they don’t seem to be worried.
“We will come to the August 20th meeting with a conceptual plan,” said Hackenburg.
There are many directions the developers could pursue for the project, but it’s worth noting the front half of the building is zoned as commercial, and the back half is urban residential.