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Homeport Picked for “Downtown Linden” Project

Brent Warren Brent Warren Homeport Picked for “Downtown Linden” ProjectA conceptual rendering of the proposed development, by M&A Architects.
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Affordable housing developer Homeport has been selected to redevelop a prominent corner in Linden.

The site, a 1.7-acre parcel at the southeast corner of Cleveland and Myrtle avenues, was assembled by Columbus Next Generation Corporation (CNGC).

Homeport was chosen to develop the site after CNGC put out a request for proposals earlier this year, and now plans to construct a two-building, 100-unit senior housing development there.

“We’re really excited and honored to be at the table,” said Leah Evans, Homeport’s Vice President of Real Estate Development. “Housing impacts people’s lives, and [we see this] as an impactful project, a catalytic project.”

“The community has come together to come up with a plan,” she added, referring to the One Linden Plan released in late 2018 and its vision for a revitalized Cleveland Avenue. “It’s humbling for us to be part of that.”

The project is still at an early stage – financing will need to be secured (most likely utilizing Low Income Housing Tax Credits), and the neighborhood will get a chance to weigh in on the specifics of the proposal as it works its way through the approval process.

Evans said that the plan is for a three-story building on Cleveland to hold about 3,000 square feet of commercial space on its ground floor, but no decisions have been made about how that would be filled – it could be traditional retail, an office use, or something like a workforce training center.

A second building would be located to the east, fronting Linden Avenue. Future development could involve a parcel on the west side of Cleveland Avenue, as well as new single family homes to the south.

CNGC, a nonprofit organization that is supported by the city, prescribed senior housing for the site after getting feedback from the community.

Work on the Cleveland and Mulberry project – which is being called Mulby Place, after a brickyard that once stood on the site – likely wouldn’t start until 2021, Evans said.

Less than a mile up Cleveland Avenue, though, construction is scheduled to start this spring on a 50-unit affordable housing project that is also being developed by Homeport.

The two Cleveland Avenue projects represent the latest in a long history of involvement in the area for Homeport, including the building of over 90 affordable lease-option homes.

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