"We couldn't do this without that APA amendment," Yohe said.
Yohe explained the old MLH will be gutted and rebuilt, but will retain its facade. It will appear just as it did in its heyday, he said.
The old MLH building is owned by Inter-Lakes Health, which owns and operates the current hospital, nursing home and adjacent Lord Howe Estates senior housing complex. When the apartments are ready, they'll be operated by CRM Rental management, which now operates Lord Howe Estates in conjunction with Inter-Lakes Health.
"This is something the community can be very proud of when all is said and done," said John Varecka, president of CRM Management.
Varecka noted CRM is now making major improvements at Lord Howe Estates, including new windows and siding on units.
"I think the people in Lord Howe Estates are happy," he said, "and I'm certain the tenants in the new apartments will be as well."