Homeport Releases More Details on Linden Project
With City Council approval secured, Homeport is now just waiting on financing before it can proceed with a 50-unit affordable housing project in Linden.
The development will feature a three-story, 45-unit apartment building at 2959 Cleveland Ave. — across the street from the New Salem Baptist Church — as well as five single family homes to be built on scattered lots in the immediate area.
“We’re excited about the project,” said Bruce Luecke, Homeport President & CEO. “We think this’ll be one of those projects that not only provides good, quality, affordable housing, but that will serve to…get the ball rolling in Linden.”
Luecke said that he expects the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) to announce some time this spring the list of projects that will be receiving Low-Income Housing Tax Credits. A start to construction would likely still be a year off, even if the project does receive the credits.
The five single family homes were added to the project to get it to the 50 unit threshold (a key metric in OHFA’s scoring system for the tax credits), without having to add an additional floor to the apartment building.
Luecke said that the homes will be built on Land Bank lots and will be traditional in style, similar to houses the organization has built in Milo-Grogan and other neighborhoods.
Although the North Linden Area Commission did not support the zoning variances required to built the project, City Council voted in January to approve the variances without the group’s recommendation.
“We had quite a bit of discussion with the neighborhood…with any project, you have supporters and you have people who are making sure it fits into the fabric of the neighborhood they live in,” said Luecke, who added that the proposal was discussed at multiple community meetings, including one attended by members of City Council.
In the end, Luecke said that he was satisfied that there had been a “good, quality discussion” about the proposal, and that the city’s elected leadership came away convinced that the $10.3 million project will represent a positive investment in the neighborhood.