Arlington School – SOLD!
- 51,384 square feet
- Lot Size: 3.5 acres / Zoning: Commercial / R-8
, Regional Director
Preservation NC, Western Office
Be a part of the Preservation Grand Slam in Gastonia!
With the home-run successes of the Loray Mill, Gaston Memorial Hospital and Armstrong Apartments, PNC is now seeking developers to score the next major project at the Arlington School. Uses for this 50,000+ square foot building could include apartments, mixed use commercial, an agricultural center, institutional, college satellite space, arts and crafts related studios and businesses.
The school is only 1.5 miles from downtown Gastonia; less than a mile from the Loray Mill project and Loray Mill Village; 18 miles from the Charlotte Douglas International Airport; and 27 miles to downtown Charlotte.
Gastonia has been named an All American City and is experiencing a positive influx of growth and attention associated with Charlotte’s burgeoning economy.
Architectural and Historical Information
Erected in 1922 and expanded in 1944 and 1949, the Arlington School is a substantial, two story red brick Neo-Classical building housing a gymnasium, cafeteria, kitchen, auditorium and classrooms. It was originally built to serve several mill villages of the Arlington, Gray, Parkdale, and Mutual cotton mills in west Gastonia. There were thirteen schools in the Gastonia system in 1930 and now only Central School, Gastonia High School (both restored and used) and Arlington School survive.
Of these survivors only the Arlington School was associated with the cotton mills and villages that were instrumental to the development of Gastonia. The building will need a new roof immediately and a full rehabilitation.
The school is currently on the Study List for the National Register of Historic Places which would make it eligible for federal tax credits. The school is priced far below the $890,000 tax value.