Elberon Senior Apartments

The Challenge

Built in the early 1900’s, the Elberon was once a prominent presence in Price Hill and was revered for its historic beauty and architecture. As the years passed, the iconic building at the corner of West Eighth Street and Elberon Avenue fell into disrepair and was threatened by vacancy and vandalism. The building and the neighborhood needed a renaissance and in partnership with non-profit community group Price Hill Will, a $7.4 million renovation plan to return the Elberon to its previous glory was born. The major challenges of this project included:

  • Demolition work that uncovered unforeseen structural conditions
  • Unstable decks and porches lining the outside of the building were unstable and rotted
  • Two neighboring vacant buildings needed to be demolished to create a safer and more accessible building entrance and adequate parking for residents
  • Installation of a common elevator for easy resident access

Project Objectives

The rehabilitation of the Elberon was extensive. The building had been deteriorating for years, but it was important to retain the architectural beauty and grandeur of this neighborhood icon. The interior design of the building needed to be reconfigured to incorporate a centrally accessible elevator for the tenants and to include common areas and laundry. A new courtyard area would be created at the rear of the building to provide and inviting and ascetically pleasing area for all the residents to enjoy. 

The Construction Solution

The planning and management of this project utilized an integrated design-build approach as a strategy to balance the needs for appropriate design, quality, and the construction budget. In 2012, Elberon Senior Apartments opened turning what was once an eyesore into 37 one and two-bedroom units of beautiful senior housing. Many factors attributed to the success of the Elberon reconstruction. Some project highlights include:

  • Demolition of two vacant neighboring buildings to allow for a new entrance to the building and a parking lot for residents 
  • Restore landscaping and replace public sidewalks along Elberon Avenue and West 8th Street
  • Experienced project team maintaining standards to reach LEED-Gold Certification
  • Complete and extensive refinishing of exterior architectural details
  • Four ADA accessible units on the Garden Level
  • Multiple common spaces for resident recreation and community, including a kitchen and comfortable furniture
  • Redesign layout for unit entry off of common corridors instead of stairwells
  • The completion of 37 one and two bedroom units for seniors age 55+
  • Intercom System