Old NASA buildings being renovated into luxury apartments, hotel

CLEVELAND – The NASA K building is under construction to become 84 luxury apartments named The Centaur, after booster vehicles NASA has designed, built and monitored from the area.

Ceres Enterprises, LLC is developing the $ 46 million project, which began in October 2020 and is expected to be completed by December 2021. $ 16 million in federal and state tax credits is included as the building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Renderings show a swimming pool with a hut as part of the Centaur.

Jon Mavrakis of Citiroc Real Estate Company said The centaur will have the luxury amenities that apartments install in downtown Cleveland, but with much more space and in a newer structure. Most of the remodeled buildings in downtown Cleveland are over a century old, while Building K was constructed in 1963-64.

The Centaur will feature Bluetooth-enabled door and packaging systems, a swimming pool and a pet playpen.



Engineers are stationed outside what will become NASA’s K Building at Fairview Park during construction.

Mavrakis also expects the monthly rent to be lower than the new downtown Cleveland apartments, while still being a short drive to many area attractions.

Since the new living space will be right across Brookpark Road from the Cleveland Hopkins Airport, the project is taking special measures to prevent noise.



“NASA administrator James Webb addresses conference attendees in the DEB auditorium shortly after the building is completed,” according to a caption on the NASA website.

“It’s pretty cool to sit in your living room and watch the planes take off without hearing a sound,” Mavrakis said.

The other side of the building faces the Rocky River Preserve, offering residents views of nature in all seasons.


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Project representatives say the building is very large, giving developers plenty of room to include equipment and room for new residents.

When a 54-unit hotel, The Orbit, is completed in another former NASA building next to the Centaur, residents will be able to get to the airport with the hotel’s complimentary shuttle when they need it.

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