STOCKTON - "County living without the worries" is the new motto for Stockton Place, recently opened adult living apartments in the town. Located right on Route 380, Stockton Place offers 10 apartments geared to adults aged 55 and older.
Housed in the former Stockton School which opened in the 1950s, most of the renovation work has been done by Kathy and Aaron Burnett and Bob and Beth Perry. The school closed in the 1970s and previously housed Job Corps.
The building has stood vacant for close to two decades. Kathy Burnett said she would suggest she and her husband purchase the property. The group of four finally purchased the property together in 2009.
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Jon Walters of Kennedy looks at cupboards in an apartment at Stockton Place Sunday during an open house. Also pictured is Katie Pierce, who will be moving into the apartment next month.
"I mowed the lawn here for about five years before we owned it. I kept telling Aaron, 'We should do something with the old school,'" she said.
The former school now houses nine two-bedroom apartments and one one-bedroom apartment. All apartments are energy efficient and currently there are seven available for rent.
"They are very, very efficient. One guy that live here all winter bragged about how low his electric bill was," Burnett said.
All apartments include a stove, refrigerator and laundry hookup. There is a laundry facility on site. Water, sewer, internet and garbage are included and the tenant pays for cable and electric. All tenants will receive two keys, one to their apartment and one to three outside doors which remain locked. If a tenant wants to garden, there is room for gardening around the exterior.
Apartments are geared toward older adults who may not want to take care of an entire house but don't want to be confined to an efficiency apartment. The apartments have easy access to Amish country and a short drive to Cassadaga or Fredonia. Stockton resident Dan Bauman said he was impressed by the apartments.
"Where else do you get two spacious bedrooms?" he said. "It's not the city either, it's quiet."
Katie Pierce of Stockton will be moving in to the apartments next month and is quite excited. Pierce has never moved outside of her current home.
"I am really looking forward to it. I have never lived anywhere else than my own house," she said.
The apartments are located at 7441 Route 380, Stockton. For more information, call the Burnetts at 595-3653 or email email@example.com. Stockton Place can also be found on Facebook. The building will be handicap accessible and has lever-style doorknobs to make it easier on aging hands.
"County living without the worries is our motto," Burnett said. "Let us take care of the worries."
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