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When the 25-unit co-op at 105 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights was built, its residents didn't have to worry about an elevator — because there wasn't one. It was a hotel for businessmen — and they must have been fairly fit business types, since the top floor was eight flights up.

Although 105 eventually got an elevator, its current residents are going to get a chance to relive past glories — or simply move out — when the system goes out of commission for six weeks this summer.

The job was a long time coming, says board member Melissa Kelly, who has lived in the building since 2001. "The elevator needs a lot of modernization; it has been breaking down on a regular basis. It's not been modernized at all since we converted in 1980."

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