OCCH, Investors and Partners Celebrate Recent Ribbon Cuttings and Groundbreakings

September 11, 2014 – The Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH) and its investment and development partners celebrated the addition of new or renovated affordable housing in various areas throughout Ohio this summer. Through ribbon cutting ceremonies and groundbreakings, partners inaugurated three new projects that will provide quality affordable housing and encourage revitalization in neighborhoods.

In July, the Commons at Madeline Park in Akron celebrated the grand opening with a dedication ceremony and releasing of butterflies at the development. The project involves the $10.5 million new construction of 60 one-bedroom units designed to house individuals who are homeless, have special needs, or are veterans.

The Commons at Madeline Park features on-site 24-hour staff, a two-story great room, a community kitchen/dining room, security cameras, laundry facilities, storage facilities, case management and interview rooms, a medical exam room, and on-site store. The Commons at Madeline also features outdoor sitting areas and a Butterfly Healing Garden.

Partners in the project include the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, OCCH, FirstMerit Bank, the City of Akron, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority. The project was developed by Testa Enterprises, Inc. and Community Support Services. Read more about the Commons at Madeline Park.

Also in July, Congressman Pat Tiberi, U.S. House of Representatives, Newark Mayor Jeff Hall, Representative Jay Hottinger, and development partners celebrated the opening of Applewood Village Apartments, a rehabilitated family housing development in Newark. An investment of $7 million renovated eight townhome apartment buildings and one 1-story building. Partners in this development included Wallick Hendy Development, LLC, the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, OCCH, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Read more about Applewood Village.

A partnership among Community Housing Network, the Franklin County Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health (ADAMH) Board, and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS) will help to create a new 40-unit development in an environment that supports recovery and housing retention for individuals with a severe mental health disability. Hawthorn Grove broke ground in the Downtown Development Commission region of Columbus and a historic district in June.

Hawthorn Grove residents will receive case management from the ADAMH service provider network. The Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority will provide project-based Section 8 housing choice vouchers to the residents. Read more about Hawthorn Grove.

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