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Cleveland-area affordable housing wins funding – NEOtrans

The Walton Senior Apartments are proposed for the southwest corner of West 25th Street and Walton Avenue, the site of a strip mall in the heart of Cleveland’s growing Latino community called La Villa Hispana. This project received conditional approval from the state for the coveted 9 percent Low Income Tax Credit (RDL). CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM.

Five Cuyahoga developments could move forward

While only one proposed affordable housing development in Cuyahoga County received the state’s coveted 9 percent Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), four others in the county received conditional approval, putting them in a good position to receive financing in the near future . . All five developments, if built, would add a total of 247 units of affordable housing in the county.

The Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) last week approved financing for 11 housing projects across the state, while conditional approval was granted for an additional 24 projects statewide. The funding was the 9 percent LIHTC, which subsidizes up to 70 percent of the construction costs of a qualifying development project.

The 9 percent LIHTC is difficult to obtain. It is limited, competitive and distributed per capita across all states. There is a lower LIHTC of 4 percent that is automatically awarded to all eligible projects that apply. It subsidizes up to 30 percent of the construction costs of a qualifying project.

EDEN III affordable townhomes and apartments are planned adjacent to phases one and two along Madison Avenue in Cleveland’s Cudell neighborhood. This project won the state’s highest award for Low Income Housing Tax Credits (DLZ).

The only project that Cuyahoga County won was a small project: the Emerald Development and Economic Network Inc.‘s (EDEN) phase three affordable townhomes and apartments at 7812 Madison Ave. in Cleveland’s Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood. The project will build eight new units: four terraced houses with exterior entrances and four apartments that will share a communal entrance.

This third phase will be built in addition to previous phases; EDEN’s head office is located across the street. The terraced houses will consist of two two-bedroom units and as many three-bedroom units with independent entrance. The buildings will be constructed of wood and have an exterior finish of brick and fiber cement siding, vinyl windows and steel entry doors, according to plans filed with the city. The cost of the project is estimated at $1.2 million.

Not far away is one of four projects earning conditional approval in Cuyahoga County. The Cleveland West Veterans Housing development is planned on 5 acres just north of Denison Avenue at 3311 W. 73rd St. in the city’s Stockyards neighborhood by Cleveland-based CHN Housing Partners. The 62-unit, 54,581-square-foot, $20.28 million project is designed to serve veterans experiencing homelessness.

The Cleveland West Veterans Housing development is planned by CHN Housing Partners on West 73rd Street, just north of Denison Avenue. It will offer 62 one-bedroom apartments to local veterans experiencing homelessness (HDS).

All units in the three-story apartment building will be one-bedroom residences. The Veterans Affairs Northeast Ohio Healthcare System will provide on-site supportive services to residents in a welcoming environment that is close to transportation, amenities and medical services. The facility will feature a 24-hour reception, a common room, utility room/kitchen, laundry room, lobby/lounge, outdoor terrace, gym, elevator, mailbox area and 29 parking spaces.

A few kilometers further east are Volker Development Inc. of Wisconsin and Marous Brothers Construction of Willoughby plan to jointly build the Walton Senior Apartments, a $15.9 million project. While an address for the construction site was not listed in their application, it appears to be on the southwest corner of West 25th Street and Walton Avenue in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood.

Directly behind a strip mall on West 25th is a 0.092-acre parcel of land at 2609 Walton, acquired last month by EDEN from Volunteers Of America-NE Ohio, county records show. The 10,800-square-foot shopping center and 0.76 acres are owned by JAMR Properties LLC. The combined 0.89 acres of these two parcels equals the size of the area identified in Volker’s LIHTC application to OHFA.

Location of the proposed Walton Senior Apartments, at the southwest corner of West 25th Street and Walton Avenue in Cleveland’s Clark-Fulton neighborhood. The intersection of Clark Avenue and West 25th is the next block here, visible on the left (Google).

Neither EDEN nor Volker have yet responded to NEOtrans’ questions about whether there is a purchase agreement for the shopping center. JAMR Properties owner Robert Hohlakis could not be located. Such an agreement, or at least a documented option to pursue one, is required by OHFA for an applicant project at that location to be considered for a LIHTC award.

The Walton Senior Apartments would provide 52 housing units for seniors age 55 and older with incomes between 30 and 70 percent of the area median income (AMI). Building amenities include a fitness center with specific equipment for seniors, a community room with kitchenette and enhanced grounds and building security. 18 parking spaces will be created on site. The site is in the heart of Cleveland’s growing Latino community called La Villa Hispana.

“The project will take advantage of the redevelopment efforts underway on the city’s Near West Side and its proximity to Downtown Cleveland and the MetroHealth Medical Campus,” Volker said in his filing with OHFA. “Walton Senior will provide holistic, service-oriented housing for the senior population, providing residents with a wide range of health, wellness and socialization services.”

The second phase of the 70-unit Churchill Gateway development in Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood will rise next to the first phase on Churchill Avenue, southeast of the East 105th Street-Superior Avenue intersection (MA Design).

Across the Cuyahoga River, two affordable housing projects are seeking LITHC reservations of 9 percent. The $20.8 million second phase of the Churchill Gateway Development, 10700 Churchill Ave. in Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood is planned by NRP Holdings LLC of Cleveland. A 70-unit, four-story apartment complex would rise next to the 52-unit first phase on the site of the former Harry E. Davis Elementary School that closed in 2006.

“Churchill Gateway II will provide high-quality, affordable housing in Cleveland’s rapidly growing Glenville neighborhood,” NRP Group wrote in its OHFA proposal. “Churchill II will connect 70 households to the University Circle employment center, which includes university hospitals, the Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University and museums, restaurants and cultural facilities.

Phase two residents will have access to community program space occupied by University Hospitals in phase one. Churchill II will have one-, two- and three-bedroom units that will be affordable to residents in the 30 to 60 percent AMI. The development will help provide much-needed housing for refugees and other new Americans to help support Cleveland’s return to population growth.

The Hough Senior Independent Living apartments, proposed for the south side of Hough Avenue and east of East 89th Street, will not only fill another vacant lot but also fill a need for affordable housing in an area with rapidly rising rents (HDS) .

“NRP is pleased to partner with The May Dugan Center, a Cleveland institution and certified refugee resettlement organization, to ensure refugees, immigrants and new Americans are connected to quality housing and services,” the filing said.

Just like south Glenville, housing is becoming increasingly expensive in Hough due to its proximity to the growing employment centers from University Circle and Fairfax. So Hough Senior Independent Living is planned by CHN Housing Partners at 8910 Hough Ave. to provide 55 affordable homes for residents aged 55 and over.

This new $17.5 million residential development will consist of one apartment building of approximately 47,000 square feet with three floors and all one-bedroom units. Common areas for the development include a common room, utility room/kitchen, laundry rooms, lobby/lounge, outdoor terrace, elevator, management office and mailbox area, along with support areas at the rear of the house. Hough Senior Independent Living will have 29 on-site parking spaces.

A 60-unit apartment complex with 61 parking spaces is planned on surplus land at the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority’s West Park rapid transit station in Cleveland’s West Park-Kamms neighborhood (City Architecture).

New emerging developments have not received conditional approval for the 9 percent LIHTC allocations, but will likely return for consideration in a future round. These developments include the Detroit Avenue Senior Housing at the current location of the historic Lakewood Baptist Church, 14321 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood. As proposed by Salus Development LLC, a 66-unit apartment could be built with Bee My Baby childcare on the ground floor. The daycare center is currently a tenant of the church.

Another is the Westpark Apartments, planned by Flaherty & Collins on 1.28 acres of surplus land at the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority’s West Park Red Line train station. Like Detroit Avenue Senior Housing, NEOtrans broke the story about the West Park Apartments, which will offer 60 apartments in one-, two- and three-bedroom configurations.

It is the second apartment project planned by Flaherty & Collins at a rapid transit station on the west side, the first is at the West Boulevard Red Line station in Cleveland’s Cudell neighborhood. The West Park Apartments will offer a community room, outdoor play area, fitness center and on-site parking. It will be funded with LIHTC, state and municipal HOME funds, 811 vouchers, multifamily tax credits and deferred developer fees.

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