Buckeye House is a housing credit development which substantially rehabilitated an existing 27-unit, USDA Rural Development (RD) 515 financed property for seniors in Uhrichsville, Tuscarawas County. The building was originally constructed in the early 1900's as a hotel and was converted to apartments in 1990. In 2010, the property was foreclosed on and RD purchased the property from a U.S. Marshall sale. Buckeye House was selected for Creative Design in the Exceptional Development category because of its alternative sources of energy, healthy housing features and on-site renewable energy components. Features of the creative design include installation of a solar panel array and energy star-rated appliances and fixtures.
Exterior rehab included windows, doors and hardware, painting, gutters and downspouts. Work to the interior of the building included updated HVAC systems, new plumbing fixtures, kitchen appliances, counters and cabinets, floor coverings, doors and hardware, and energy efficient components. Further accessibility and universal design elements were also incorporated. The development is within close proximity to shops and businesses with services for the residents. Two units are affordable to and occupied by households at or below 30% of the AMGI, eight units are affordable to and occupied by households at or below 50% of the AMGI, and the remaining 17 units are at 60% of the AMGI. In addition, RD is providing rental assistance to 23 of the 27 units.
Middlebury Commons is a 40-unit, new construction development that contains a mixture of one- and two-bedroom apartments for seniors. Funding through OHFA assisted the owner to construct this three-story building with first-floor retail space in East Akron, Summit County. Site amenities include an outdoor garden, rain garden, pocket park and street-level retail space. Community amenities include a community room with activity space, leisure areas, kitchenette, laundry, fitness center, computer center, and security features that include electronic access and security cameras. Unit features include solid core doors, storage space and energy efficient components. Energy Star and Enterprise Green Communities Criteria were incorporated in to the development. Residents also have access to a work-from-home center, free resident Wi-Fi and a computer tablet lending program.
Middlebury Commons is in close proximity to a variety of business, restaurants, and community and health services. Public transportation through Akron's Regional Transit Authority (METRO) is located within walking distance, less than one-quarter mile from the development. Two units will be affordable and occupied by households at 30% AMGI, 14 units will be affordable and occupied by households at 50% AMGI and 24 units will be affordable and occupied by households at 60% AMGI. Four units have Ohio 811 Program subsidy. Additionally, the project received consideration for being owned and developed by a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO), located within one-half mile of significant real estate development, and being located in a county where the population aged 55 and older is 25% or greater as defined by the Ohio Housing Needs Assessment.
Sandstone Apartments is a 50-unit, new construction development that contains a mixture of two-, three-, and four-bedroom units for families. Funding provided by OHFA enabled the owner to construct 12 ranch-style buildings with attached garages along the main corridor in The Plains, Athens County.
Site amenities include green space, a community garden, children's playground, and shelter house with grills and picnic tables. Community spaces include a community room with gathering space, a kitchen, laundry, exercise equipment and a lending library. Unit features include attached garage, Energy Star appliances, six-panel solid core interior doors, safety features, ample storage space and washer/dryer hookups. Universal Design and Enterprise Green Communities Criteria were incorporated in to the development.
Sandstone Apartments is in close proximity to a variety of shops, restaurants, and business. A public bus stop is located approximately one-quarter mile from the development, in the adjacent shopping mall. Three units will be affordable and occupied by households at 30% AMGI, 15 units will be affordable and occupied by households at 50% AMGI and 32 units will be affordable and occupied by households at 60% AMGI. Located in an Appalachian county, the project received consideration for being in a county showing net stable job growth and that is part of a revitalization, stabilization or economic development plan.
Quinn Court is the development of 32 units of senior housing in Chillicothe (Ross County). The project consists of four one-story buildings with two bedrooms, one bathroom apartments. The development is in an Appalachian county and accounts for almost 40% of all affordable units in the market. With five fully accessible units, all units offer a zero-step entry and accessible common areas. The project is located adjacent to a licensed nursing facility and a public park, and the development team worked with the city to have a bus stop added at the entrance of the site.
Unit amenities include washer/dryer hook-ups and dishwashers. Site amenities include security, a clubhouse and a walking trail. Senior services are available on-site, including an exam room for preventative screening/exams by the local health department, and a resident fitness program utilizing the on-site walking trail. The project has incorporated energy efficient design of the units to save residents and the project nearly 14% in utility costs. Quinn Court received Enterprise Green Communities certification and all 32 units are Energy Star rated.
The development is within approximately one mile of a variety of businesses, which provide services for the residents in the community. Four units will be affordable to households at 30% AMGI, eight units at 50% AMGI and 20 units at 60% AMGI.
Aspen Place is a 40-unit development that contains a mix of one-, two- and four-bedroom apartments for families. Funding provided through OHFA facilitated the construction of the three-story building, located in the heart of the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood's EcoVillage, a sustainable, pedestrian-friendly urban village in Cleveland.
The site features green space, community and rain gardens, and a tree buffer surrounding the building. Community amenities include a key-fob entrance, laundry, bicycle storage and a community room with a kitchen. The spacious units include programmable thermostats, durable flooring, and appliances that meet EnergyStar requirements.
Residents of Aspen Place are in close proximity to an RTA station and the newly-renovated, 22-acre Zone Recreation Center that are both free to residents. The development is within one mile of a variety of shops, eateries, businesses and the library, which provides services for the residents in the community. Six units will be affordable to and occupied by households at or below 30% of the AMGI, ten units will be affordable to and occupied by households at or below 50% of the AMGI, and the remaining 24 units will be at 60% of the AMGI. Additionally, the project received Exceptional Development consideration in the areas of Creative Design, Economic Development, Education and Opportunity, and Workforce Housing.
Forest Village Homes consists of six energy efficient, affordable, new construction rental units, located in Yellow Springs, Greene County. The project consists of one- and two-bedroom units that are fully wheelchair accessible or adaptable. The homes are within one-half mile of the downtown corridor, minutes from medical services and on a public transportation line. Forest Village Homes fills a critical need for affordable housing in a rural area, with a thriving market in a close-knit community.
All units are aesthetically harmonious with the neighborhood, and incorporate landscaping, garden areas and bicycle racks. Unit amenities include microwaves and in-unit washers and dryers. Each has access to on-site parking, and covered front porches. The plans have incorporated as many energy-saving, Passive House design features as possible, to meet local priorities as part of the community climate action plan. The project is seeking certification through Enterprise Green Communities.
Forest Village Homes has entered into several memorandums of understanding for service provision, received several letters of local support and is in partnership with the Department of Developmental Disabilities, which will enable one unit to be reserved for a resident with developmental disabilities while others will serve residents with special needs and seniors.
Brookside Residences is a senior residential development providing 62 one- and two-bedroom apartment homes in one four-story green building. OHFA funding enabled the owner to develop a community in a park-like setting, which is surrounded by privacy and nature. The site, itself, will feature trails and amenities around the natural brook that runs through the site, as well as approximately four acres that is being committed to a conservation easement. Amenities of the project include ample community gathering and meeting spaces, fitness studio, pet grooming area, supplemental resident storage, a cyber café with internet access, and an on-site manager.
The development is in close proximity to essential services, including a variety of shops and businesses. The unit mix includes nine units affordable to and occupied by households at or below 30% of the AMGI, 22 units affordable to and occupied by households at or below 50% of the AMGI, 22 units affordable to and occupied by households at or below 60% of the AMGI, and the remaining nine units are market-rate. The project received consideration for being located in an area that is part of an economic development plan, and received exceptional development consideration for creative design and healthcare. Additionally, the project will be participating in the Ohio Department of Medicaid Subsidy Demonstration Program.
Valley Bridge is a 70-unit new construction, senior housing development in Toledo (Lucas County). The project is a three-story building consisting of one-and two-bedroom units. Valley Bridge is a key component of the Community Revitalization Plan for the Southwest Sector of Reynolds Corner, supported by the Toledo-Lucas County Plan Commission. In addition to OHFA funding, the project leveraged City HOME funds, as well as obtaining a property tax abatement. Valley Bridge has also proposed a healthcare concept, Home for Life, which will engage the University of Toledo Medical Center Geriatrics on-site Healthy Aging Clinic and the adjacent Friendship Baptist Church Volunteer Program to assist residents in improving health and decreasing health care expenditures by offering appropriate age-in-place strategies and interventions. An on-site wellness suite is incorporated into the project, which includes an exam room, waiting room, and office, in order to deliver the healthcare services to residents.
Valley Bridge is within close proximity to local services, shopping, dining, medical facilities, and the local library. The development is a Silver-Rated LEED for Homes community and features an on-site fitness center, computer room, library, washer/dryer hookups in all units, 24-hour emergency maintenance, and welcomes small pets. Nine units will be affordable to and occupied by households at or below 30% of the AMGI, 23 units will be affordable to and occupied by households at or below 50% of the AMGI, and the remaining 38 units will be at 60% of the AMGI. The project is able to provide housing to extremely low-income families with the benefit of a rental subsidy through Ohio Department of Medicaid Subsidy Demonstration Program and Project-Based Housing Choice Vouchers.
Briggsdale Apartments II is a newly-constructed housing credit development, which includes 40 one-bedroom units of permanent supportive housing, located on the southwest side of Columbus. The development is an expansion of the owner's Briggsdale Apartments I, a 35-unit Permanent Supportive Housing development that was opened in 2006. Briggsdale II provides an environment that supports recovery and housing retention to individuals who struggle with homelessness, mental illness and/or addiction.
All 40 units in Briggsdale Apartments II are designated for those with special needs. Of the 40 units in the development, 32 are reserved for homeless individuals, and eight are for non-homeless individuals. These eight units are set aside for Franklin County Board ADAMH clients. All units have rental assistance. Resident amenities include a basketball court, art therapy, health monitoring, bicycle storage and unit furnishings. The development is close to services and is on a bus line that offers several stops per day.
Hough Heritage is a 60-unit senior rental development in the Hough neighborhood of Cleveland. Hough Heritage is a catalyst in the ongoing revitalization efforts of the culturally-rich Hough neighborhood. The project was part of a $165 million neighborhood plan designed to offer quality housing and retail opportunities for persons of all incomes. Consequently, the City of Cleveland selected it as their number one priority development for the 2015 tax credit round.
The project provides a critically important housing option for many seniors who want to remain in the neighborhood but are no longer able to maintain their existing homes. Hough Heritage provides a place for these residents to remain in the neighborhood and age-in-place through the incorporation of Universal Design elements and seven fully-accessible units. The building also includes community and media rooms, a fitness center, on-site laundry facilities, outdoor community areas with raised planter beds for gardening, grills, a gazebo and on-site social services.
The Community Gardens is a new construction, affordable senior rental housing community located in Springfield, Clark County. The project consists of 50 two-bedroom units based in a "pocket neighborhood" development. Pocket neighborhoods are small, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods within a larger development, creating opportunities for social interaction and building a strong sense of community among neighbors while also preserving a need for privacy. Project amenities include a playground, greenspace, a gazebo, a health clinic and pedestrian walkways connecting shared green and recreational spaces throughout the development. Each ranch-style unit is fully accessible, has attached garages, washer/dryer hookups, ceiling fans and covered front porches. The project is seeking certification through Enterprise Green Communities.
The Clark County Combined Health District, in conjunction with the project, is redeveloping an existing building on an adjacent parcel to house a nurse practitioner health clinic provided by Community Mercy Health Partners. The project is on a bus line with fixed route and paratransit services with a potential for expanded service hours to accommodate residents. The project is in close proximity to community, social and recreational opportunities. This development was selected due to community investment, local economic development and exceptional development for creative design.
Laurel Green Apartments is a new construction, three-story development located in Columbus, Franklin County. The project consists of 40 one-bedroom units, including a resident manager unit. The project is a permanent supportive housing development, designed to serve individuals who have a severe mental health diagnosis. Laurel Green will provide service-enriched housing, which will include interaction and regular monitoring by the Franklin County ADAMH Board. Services are being offered as in-kind support from peer-directed services and community-based providers. Project amenities include video surveillance, a community room with community kitchen, several resident lounge areas, multipurpose room/fitness center and a computer center. Unit amenities include microwave ovens, ceiling fans and intercoms. The project is seeking LEED Silver Certification.
The development is located on a lot purchased from the City of Columbus Land Bank, is on a bus line that has frequent stops and is within walking distance to community services, as well as being in very close proximity to social and recreational opportunities. Thirty-one units will be affordable to and occupied by residents at or below 50% AMGI, eight units will be affordable to and occupied by residents at or below 30% AMGI and one unit will be reserved for a resident manager. This development was selected due to leveraging multiple funding sources, including OhioMHAS, and all units will be subsidized by project-based Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers from the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority.
Nelsonville School Commons is an adaptive reuse of the former Nelsonville High School and Junior High School. The project includes a mix of one – and two-bedroom units in a three-story elevator building within the heart of the city's historic district. Funding provided by OHFA enabled the owner to complete a historic rehabilitation of the 1920's-era structure while maintaining some of the unique classroom features throughout the building, including slate blackboard walls, refinished original hardwood floors and the original clock tower-like belfry. In addition to the unique features, the project includes a fitness center, Energy Star appliances, high-efficiency HVAC and an ADA-accessible playground. All of the units will be affordable to and occupied by households at or below 60 percent of the AMGI.
The development is located in a very walkable community with a variety of shops, eateries, recreational and community services within one mile of the project. The project received Enterprise Green Communities Certification, local community support and was considered a priority project for the city of Nelsonville.
Located at the site of the former Heyl Elementary School on Columbus's South Side, Residences at Career Gateway is an urban infill site that was redeveloped into 58 residences for families. The project includes townhomes with garages, as well as a three-story, elevator-served building that offers a community room, fitness center, computer stations and dedicated workforce training space. This workforce development housing is located in an area that has seen a tremendous amount of growth over the past several years, most notably with the expansion of Nationwide Children's Hospital (NCH). The development team has created a strategic partnership with NCH as part of the hospital's Healthy Families (HNHF) initiative. This initiative will provide high-quality housing, training and job placement for area residents who reside in close proximity to NCH and its more than 10,000 employment opportunities. Columbus State will also offer workforce training for in-demand occupations to eligible residents of Career Gateway.
The project meets OHFA's policy goals by supporting projects that redevelop vacant or foreclosed buildings, leverage non-OHFA financial resources and partners with local employers. Residences at Career Gateway received local development priority from the City of Columbus, and, upon completion, the project will receive Enterprise Green certification.
Southwick Manor is an affordable housing development that helps residents stay active and independent within their community. Located in Brunswick, Ohio, Southwick Manor provides 54 units of affordable housing to seniors and includes a community room, computer center, media room and fitness center to keep residents active and engaged as they age. Medina County in Ohio has an aging population and a scarcity of affordable housing for seniors. To create this property, OHFA provided a Housing Development Loan of $1 million and $820,000 in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits. The property was developed by MV Residential Development, LLC, and is managed by the Medina Metropolitan Housing Authority.
Batavia Village Apartments contains a mix of two-bedroom townhome units, three-bedroom units and four-bedroom units throughout nine apartment buildings. The funding provided through OHFA enabled the owner to complete a moderate rehab of the 37-year old community, including landscaping and site improvements, an expanded management building to allow for on-site resident services, new siding on the building exteriors, new central HVAC and new cabinets, appliances and fixtures in the kitchens.
The development is within one mile of a variety of shops and businesses, which provide services for the residents in the community. Three units will be affordable to and occupied by households at or below 35 percent of the AMGI, 17 units will be affordable to and occupied by households at or below 50 percent of the AMGI and the remaining 30 units will be at 60 percent of the AMGI. Additionally, the property is able to provide housing to extremely low-income families with the benefit of a project-based, Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) contract.
The Commons at Madison is a partnership between the three premier mental health and drug addiction service providers in Youngstown: Compass & Community Services, Meridian Community Care and Help Hotline Crisis Center. Along with the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority, this project has brought 40 new-construction, one-bedroom permanent supportive housing units to the Youngstown market. The project is accessible to many local amenities, and on-site transportation is provided by the sponsors for needs that are not within walking distance. The project met OHFA policy goals by supporting permanent supportive housing for the homeless, valuing development teams that demonstrate collaboration in providing services and valuing properties that provide rental subsidy for the residents. The project was selected as an innovative housing submission for its comprehensive service provision and financial leveraging. The Commons at Madison received local and legislative support and was selected as the highest priority of the Mahoning County Continuum of Care.
Columbus Scholar House is a housing credit rental development for families, located near a redeveloping commercial corridor in the King-Lincoln District of Columbus. The project included the construction of 18 garden-style apartments and 10 townhomes, as well as the acquisition of 10 NSP3 units within the recently constructed Charles Building.
The target population of Columbus Scholar House is at-risk students who are currently pursuing post-secondary education and are also parents. The development team established partnerships with many area institutions, including The Ohio State University, Columbus State Community College and various supportive service agencies. The project serves extremely low-income populations, received Enterprise Green Communities Certification and was part of a local revitalization and economic development plan. The city of Columbus selected Columbus Scholar House as a local development priority, and the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority is providing project-based Section 8 vouchers for all families in the project.
The Anna Louise Inn is a new 85-unit development for at-risk, very low-income women who have experienced homelessness. Located in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, the residents will have access to on-site social services and management. Each unit contains its own kitchenette, living space, bedroom and bathroom. Other amenities include a computer center, a fitness facility, a community space and an outdoor courtyard that is secured. It is in close proximity to public transportation, a library, schools and other social services.
The John W. Clem House is an 11-bed emergency shelter for men with substance abuse issues with eight beds reserved for homeless veterans. The House is a substance-free environment with a house manager, shared living and support services. While clinical services are not offered, residents are linked to additional services outside the House. The House is owned by the Alcohol Dug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Athens, Hocking and Vinton Counties and offers residents an opportunity to begin a new life.
Kenmore Place is a 40-unit new construction development in Akron, Summit County. This senior development offers one- and two-bedroom apartments. Residents will be able to easily access all floors using the elevator. Building amenities include a community room with a kitchenette, a laundry room, fitness facility and offices for the support services administrator and property manager. The adjacent Kenmore Senior Community Center will offer additional services for residents.
The Lofts at Lion Mills is an adaptive reuse of Cleveland's historic Lion Knitting Mill, which produced knitted goods for the military. The historic rehabilitation transformed the building into 36 units of affordable housing for families. The project is located in a heavily traveled corridor, is adjacent to the MetroHealth Medical Center (one of Cleveland's largest employers) and has parking available for residents. The project met OHFA policy goals by supporting a development with a revitalization plan that served extremely low-income populations. The building was owned by a state-certified CHDO and developed by an experienced team. The project received priority designation in the City of Cleveland and was also a recipient of historic tax credits.
A Place for Us provides 24 one-bedroom and 21 two-bedroom homes in a supportive environment for seniors and members of the LGBT community who are over the age of 55. It is the first affordable housing development in Ohio that caters to LGBT seniors and is one of only a handful across the nation. The green building promotes sustainable living, is across the street from the rapid transit station and includes a community room, computer lab, fitness center and a garden terrace.
Tubman Towers rehabilitated 99 units of low-income housing for seniors in the City of Springfield. The building was first constructed in 1970 and had seen very little investment since then. OHFA's funding helped to renovate the building into a safe, modern, environmentally-friendly facility. The project also helped to preserve valuable Section 8 subsidy for those living there.
Tucked into a mixed-use, mixed-income area, and directly on the shores of Lake Erie, Willoughbeach Terrace is located near shops, restaurants, and a variety of local amenities that enable seniors to continue living independently. The building contains 50 units that are affordable to a variety of income levels. Amenities include a BBQ/picnic area, fitness center, library, and dog run among other features. The building also received a LEED Gold rating, validating the project's high level of energy efficiency and environmental responsibility.