Finishing touches are being put on several newly renovated units at downtown’s historic San Carlos Apartments, after a storm caused major water damage to some of the complex’s 36 units just before Christmas.

The first eight completed units at 71 E. 13th St., across the street from Armory Park, have electrical upgrades, new insulation, new paint, new roofing and refurbished hardwood floors.

The hardwood was discovered when old carpet, that was once part of Kansas’ Apollo Theatre, was peeled back during the renovation, said business manager Alex Lee, whose family has owned the property since the 1940s.

Two houses on the property were built in the 1880s and the part of the building the renovations are in was built in 1910, Lee said. A second building was added in the 1920s.

In 1976, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

A hallway has also been renovated and the complex’s neon sign was restored, Lee said.

Work on an additional 10 units is expected to be completed in a few months, he said.

An open house to tour the new units is set for Sept. 14 from noon to 5 p.m.

“We’re gonna show the before and what we had to remove and how kind of destroyed it was — as opposed to what we’ve done and how much nicer it is now,” Lee said.

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