Knickerbocker undergoing facelift

The Knickerbocker Apartments in Bay Village are being revitalized, inside and out. Photo by Anne Naumann

After 40 years of northern Ohio weather, the Knickerbocker Senior Apartment building was showing signs of its age. When the wind and rain hit the sides of the building, the water would run off but during the winter ice forms on the bricks and freezes in the cracks in the cement.

Little by little the cement crumbles, the masonry falls apart and water seeps into the walls and damages the flooring. Temporary fixes helped, but this year tuck pointing had to be done. Last month the bricklayers began their tedious job.

When funds become available, management will be able to begin to renovate the old elevators. The hallway rugs were shampooed and vacuumed. Wow, what a difference it made. There are still a lot of projects on the to-do list, including checking and cleaning windows, checking electrical systems and the heating system, but we are off to a good start.

The tallest building in Bay Village is beginning to show signs of new life. There is still much work to be done but we're bringing the Knickerbocker back to its original grandeur. We will keep our readers posted as newer and exciting projects to improve the building begin.

Updates will follow in future issues of the Observer.

Bruce Leigh

Bay Village

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 9:45 AM, 09.03.2014