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Town council approves deal to renovate old Bedford Middle School

Renovation would turn school into apartments, hotel

Town Council approved the plans this week.
Town Council approved the plans this week.

BEDFORD, Va. – The historic Bedford Middle School is one step closer to receiving a second life.

Bedford Town Council voted 6-1 on Tuesday to approve a deal with Waukeshaw Development to renovate the old school. Mayor Steve Rush says the town had been negotiating with the developer about the site for a year and a half.

Waukeshaw's plan will transform the main building into market-rate apartments and the adjacent building, "Old Yellow," into a boutique hotel.

Rush says the proposal will bring something new and needed to Bedford.

"We're striving to make Bedford a destination," Rush said. "Looking at the school plans, that's one of the economic drivers for the town. It's about getting people downtown."

Waukeshaw has a history in Bedford; the group is responsible for developing the Bedford Lofts and Beale's Brewery.