Sue Ann Pantucci likes the steeple view from Steeple View. She moved into the new 35-unit, senior independent living apartment building at Church and Carroll streets in Pittston in June. Built by Monarch Development Group LLC and managed by Monarch Managment, Steeple View opened in May and is at full capacity.

Named for the dual steeples of St. John the Evangelist Church seen piercing the sky on William Street, the complex is on the site of the former St. Mary’s Assumption School, which was demolished in January 2019.

Assumption Church was founded in 1851 on William Street. A church with an attached classroom was built on the Church Street site in 1885. A wooden frame school was built in 1890. The demolished building, built in 1924-25, was the third Assumption School.

Pantucci, 75, lives in a first floor apartment next door to her brother, Pete Lieback, 79.

“I love it,” Pete said. “People are nice, cordial. I can keep my door open and not have to worry about people taking stuff.”

“Everybody is likable and respectable. That’s more important than anything,” his sister, Sue Ann, said. “Nobody talks about anybody. I love that.”

Lieback and his sister grew up in Old Boston. Their father, Mike, was a coal miner. Pete was a three sport athlete at Jenkins Township High School. He worked at Tecihniglas for 33 years.

Steeple View is the third housing development in Greater Pittston either in or on the site of an old school. Monarch also manages the 28-unit Lincoln Heights in the old Pittston High School Building at Defoe and William streets, which opened in 2007. Like Lincoln Heights, Steeple View is for tenants 62 and over. Rents are considered below market value based on local income limits. The old West Pittston High School on Luzerne Avenue, built in 1908, also was converted into a 22-unit senior living complex. It opened in 2015.

At least two more are on the way. The former Ben Franklin School in Dupont will be the site of a Luzerne County Housing Authority apartment building. COVID-19 restrictions have delayed the project, which was supposed to start in May. The school, built in 1960, was closed in 2013.

Plans also are in the works to convert the historic Fort Pittston, or Jefferson School, at North Main and Parsonage streets into an upscale non-age requirement apartment building.

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