SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– From the outside, every detail of Jason Murray’s latest development would have you believe it’s a school. There’s a flagpole near the front lawn. Murray even left the words “Bailey School” etched in concrete over the double doors.
Of course, those are features pre-dating Murray’s ownership of the building.
Built in the 1930s, the “new Bailey”, as Murray calls it, was an elementary school in the Springfield Public School System.
“The original Bailey School was built in the 1800s and then they tore it down to build this school,” Murray explains.
After decades of hosting students, “new Bailey” would close its classrooms. The school district found other uses for it up until around 2013.
Not long after, Murray bought it.
Today, the old school’s wide hallways contain high-end lofts where classrooms used to be.
“We came and looked at it and just fell in love with the place,” Murray says. “You can’t build a building like this from scratch these days. It’s all solid concrete and wonderful brickwork. We’re just really excited to have a chance to get to do this project.”
Tenants will pay, at the bare minimum, around $750 for the smallest one bedroom available. You can expect to shell out more than $1,300/month for the largest loft.
For Austin Boyland, one of the Bailey’s
future residents, calls it money well spent.
“To find this place and to have something that has the amenities of an apartment complex with the historic nature of an old downtown building, it’s something you don’t come by very often,” Boyland said when KOLR10 reporters interviewed him Thursday.
Many of those “amenities” Boyland mentioned are pictured in our gallery below.
The Bailey School Lofts boast-
- Washers and driers
- A courtyard
- A greenhouse
- A dog park
- A communal patio
According to Murray and the Bailey School Lofts team, tenants should be able to move in as early as June.
Check out the photos below: