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Two Linden Developments Moving Forward

Brent Warren Brent Warren Two Linden Developments Moving ForwardAffordable apartments are planned for this site on Cleveland Avenue, across from New Salem Baptist Church. Photo by Brent Warren.
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Site work is underway on an affordable housing development at 2959 Cleveland Avenue in Linden, with a virtual groundbreaking for the project scheduled for next week.

Less than a mile to the south, work will likely start some time next year on 100 units of senior housing, the first phase of a larger plan for the intersection of Cleveland and Myrtle avenues.

Both projects are being developed by Homeport, a nonprofit organization with a long history in Linden that is looking to contribute to the latest efforts to revitalize the neighborhood.

“We’re excited about the work in Linden,” said Bruce Luecke, Homeport President & CEO. “The community put together the One Linden plan, and what we’ve been trying to do is to capitalize on the ideas that they wanted advanced,” like more housing options and new development along Cleveland Avenue.

Luecke pointed to other initiatives that are either underway or recently announced in the area – such as the Linden Community Center, the Linden Fresh Market, and new homes being built by Habitat for Humanity – as proof that momentum is building in the neighborhood.

The 50-unit project, known as Kenlawn Place, is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021.

It will feature a three-story, 45-unit apartment building on Cleveland Avenue as well as well as five single family homes to be built on scattered lots in the immediate area.

The units will be affordable for individuals earning between 30 and 80 percent of the area median income, which according to Homeport’s website translates to an income of $16,380 to $43,680 a year.  

Other current Homeport projects include Graceland Flats in Clintonville, which is on schedule for completion by next spring, and Arrowleaf Apartments in Grove City, which is almost complete. McDowell Place, in Franklinton, will likely break ground next year, according to Luecke.

A view of the Kenlawn Place site before these two buildings were demolished (a third building had already been taken down). Photo courtesy of Homeport.
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