Notre Dame Apartments is an existing historic apartment building that provides for low-income seniors. The building was originally constructed in 1914 as a Catholic high school for girls, then was used by the Cleveland Municipal School District for many years. In the early 1990’s, the building was vacated and then deteriorated. In 1999, Famicos Foundation acquired the property, and then rehabilitated the building and converted the classrooms into apartments. In 2015, Marous Brothers Construction was engaged by Famicos as the Construction Manager to complete improvements to accessibility for disabled individuals, implement energy and water efficiency improvements to the units and common spaces, and replace or restore building components nearing the end of their useful life. A new south-side building entrance, designed to meet historic standards, was added to the exterior, along with tuck-pointing and repairs to the structure’s magnificent historic facades.
We performed all renovations without displacing any residents, requiring our crews to work seamlessly with longtime client Famicos. Our efforts addressed building features that did not meet today’s construction and operating standards and allowed the preservation of high quality senior affordable housing for at many years to come. The building continues to provide resident amenities including a large community room, on-site management and a variety of social service programs.
We started to work together when Chip and Scott were out in the field hanging doors. They’ve come a long way, because they’ve done the work themselves. They’re hands-on people, giving them the control that makes them good at what they do. If you need a builder to rely on, they’re the one.
Tony RanalloIndustry consultant, and first commercial client.
The great thing about working with Marous is how professionally and how well they address problems. Always with our best interests at heart…
Marous Brothers Construction understands the importance of seeking cooperation between the city, the community, and themselves so that everyone associated with a project can benefit. They have consistently demonstrated an eagerness to comply with minority employment requirements, even though it may not have always been easy.