‘Preservation Celebration’ for old Holley High School set for Nov. 20

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 October 2018 at 7:26 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: The old Holley High School will be transformed into senior housing and also the village offices for Holley.

HOLLEY — Home Leasing LLC, the Rochester company leading the renovation of the former Holley High School, will have a “preservation celebration” on Nov. 20 to kick off the construction project which has been years in the making.

The 2 p.m. ceremony will be at the school at 1 Wright St.

The adaptive reuse of the former Holley High School into a mixed-use facility will create 41 homes for seniors age 55 and up. The existing school auditorium will be renovated for use by the Village of Holley as meeting space and administrative offices.

The site will be known as Holley Gardens. The former school is in the heart of the Village of Holley and residents will have easy access to local small businesses and amenities.

Home Leasing LLC has been working on the $17 million renovation for several years, lining up financing, including some state assistance. Home Leasing is working along with Edgemere Development, Glasow Simmons Architecture L.L.P. and Marathon Engineering – all Rochester-based firms – on the project.

“We at Home Leasing are truly honored to be part of bringing this historic landmark back to life,” Nelson Leenhouts, chairman and CEO of Home Leasing LLC, said in May. “Holley Gardens will provide housing opportunity to area seniors and updated and accessible Village offices to the community. We are thankful for the unwavering commitment of the Village of Holley, the County of Orleans, Governor Cuomo, New York’s Homes and Community Renewal and Senator Schumer to the revitalization of this quaint canal side Village.”

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