Properties Magazine November 2012 : Page 34

Constructive Comeback Renovated Doan Classroom Apartments reopens to house disadvantaged residents By Doug Bardwell | Photos courtesy of Marous Brothers Construction ith the professional talents of an experienced team, the 3 R’s are important again at Doan Classroom Apartments. The apartments have been rehabilitated, restored and reopened, saving the classic 1904 building from the wrecking ball. Part of the ongoing work on Heritage Lane, this strategic investment corridor in Glenville is now anchored on its north end by the venerable, three-story brick building originally designed by noted Cleveland school architect Frank Barnum. W The two-story school at 1350 East 105th Street originally opened in 1904 and was quickly filled to capacity. A third floor was added two years later. In the 1950s, yet another expansion saw more classrooms added to the north and a gymnasium added to the south. Doan continued to hold classes until the early 1980s when the build-ing was closed. A developer converted the school into low-income housing in 1985 but eventu-ally the building fell into disrepair and 34 was vacated in 2008. HUD foreclosed on the property in March 2011. With the availability of federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program funding, Famicos Foundation – a not-for-profit affordable housing developer and social service provider – stepped in and worked with the City of Cleveland to obtain ownership of the property. Adding tax credit equity, Famicos was able to begin a $7.4 million rehabilita-tion project to bring life back to this 60,000-square-foot historic structure. In amazingly expedient fashion, the development team began work in the spring of 2011 and the ribbon-cut-ting occurred just about one year later on June 15, 2012. Move-ins occurred during the summer and the building is 100% occupied now. Apartments are targeted for low-income seniors and disabled individuals. The development team was led by Michael Bier, project manager for Famicos Foundation, and included City Architecture and Marous Brothers 3URSHUWLHV | November 2012

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