By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — Floyd School closed its doors years ago.
Now, town officials are making changes to outdated parking restrictions on Highland Avenue near the former elementary school.
Councilors approved amending the town's traffic ordinance, removing a parking restriction that prohibited parking on the east side of Highland from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and again from 2 to 3 p.m., when Floyd was once in session.
Now that the school building is approved to become a 19-unit apartment complex, those restrictions are no longer needed.
In April, Planning Board officials gave conditional approval to the plan to convert the former Charles M. Floyd Elementary School into a complex with studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments.
The school building has stood empty at 37 Highland Ave. since 2005. The eight-classroom school was named for New Hampshire’s 59th governor.
Several plans to convert the school into apartments came before officials through the years, including a previously approved 18-unit plan. Those proposals never came to fruition.
"This brings us in line with what's (going on)," Town Administrator John Anderson said. "The school is no longer a school."