CLEVELAND - The bells that ring atop the tower of an old hospital ring again. St. Luke's Hospital closed in 1999, but the building has been restored and now functions as St. Luke's Manor, a huge apartment complex that houses independent living senior citizens.
The huge complex, which now has 72 units, is only in stage one. But the central wing of the complex is open and being lived in already, opening this past spring. Two other wings hope to open by 2013.
Inside boasts single and double bedroom units, a community room and fitness room. Pets are also allowed.
The 1920s vintage building is in the heart of the Buckeye-Shaker neighborhood in Cleveland. It used to be a trauma center and a place where babies were born. It fell on hard times in the 1990s and shut down completely in 1999. The residence hall was torn down and the building sat empty, a neighborhood eyesore for over a decade.
That is, until private developer Pennrose Properties and other organizations got together and restored the hospital to its current condition. Rent ranges from $400 to $900 per month.
Along with a new library and school on the same block, plus new housing just across the street, this area of Buckeye-Shaker is blossoming into a new life, something much needed in this Cleveland neighborhood.
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