A major $10.3 million renovation of the Knickerbocker Apartments complex is currently underway, reports Mayor Koomar. “The Knickerbocker was selected as part of a local revitalization plan through the Department of Housing and Urban Development. “The Knickerbocker Apartments was developed by Bay Inter-Faith Housing in 1974, and they continue to own the property. Bay Inter-Faith Housing is a consortium of four Bay Village churches that organized to address the need for senior housing services.”
The building will be reconfigured from 169 to 148 units. The renovation will reduce the number of studio apartments and increase the number of one bedroom units, eight of which will be fully accessible. All apartments will be completely renovated with new kitchens and bathrooms including step-in showers, which will improve safety and access for all residents.
Major building systems will be upgraded to increase energy efficiency and improve services. This includes upgrades to both elevators and a new HVAC system for the entire complex. The open air courtyard in the center of the building will be enclosed to create a usable naturally lit common area, providing more shared space for tenants. All common areas at the Knickerbocker will also be renovated, including hallways, the laundry room, management offices, and the community room. A new patio to the south of the building will be added for residents to enjoy sitting outdoors. An on-site wellness clinic offers service to tenants five days a week with access to home-based health care services.