- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A former Augusta middle school building built more than a half-century ago as part of effort to provide schools for post-World War II baby boomers has been deemed historic.

The Kennebec Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1TUWz6W ) the former Hodgkins Middle School has been entered into the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service.

Officials say the designation allows the Augusta Housing Authority to go forward with a plan to convert the vacant school into affordable apartments for senior citizens. That’s because such a designation is required for the project to be eligible for historic preservation tax credits that are being counted on to fund about $3.4 million of the estimated $8.7 million cost of the proposed construction project.

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Information from: Kennebec Journal, https://www.kjonline.com/

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