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1425 Chase was rehabilitated as an accessible single-family home with gap financing from the City of Cincinnati’s HOME Partnership Program.
Soapbox Cincinnati, April 4, 2015 – Cincinnati Northside Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation recently changed its name to Northsiders Engaged in Sustainable Transformation to more accurately reflect the organization’s goal to develop single-family homes in the neighborhood. To date, CNCURC/NEST has created 17 single-family houses, including new ones at 4118 Lakeman St. and 1726 Hanfield St.
“Research indicates that homeowners have greater investment in their property and are more likely to maintain and stay in their homes,” says Stefanie Sunderland, executive director of CNCURC/NEST. “Homeowners will potentially become more involved in the community and support the local economy by patronizing local businesses.”
A healthy neighborhood should provide housing for all, including rental units, so CNCURC/NEST focuses on single-family houses that were built by members of the community but time, disinvestment and abandonment have left them in disrepair. Many of the houses CNCURC/NEST has reclaimed were slated for demolition.
CNCURC/NEST acquired the house at 4118 Lakeman, which was built in 1873, from Bill Dorward and his sister, Deborah. Meanwhile, 1726 Hanfield, which was built in 1921, is the first building CNCURC/NEST has acquired through the Port of Greater Cincinnati.
Construction began on both houses last spring and will be completed in the next few weeks. The house on Hanfield has already been sold, and the one on Lakeman is still for sale.
Both houses were redeveloped creatively and for use of space, with an emphasis on preservation and restoration. CNCURC/NEST also focuses on duplicating historic architecture and features as well as energy efficiency.
The 1,243-square-foot house on Lakeman now has a new front porch, woodwork, windows and doors as well as matching gables on the second-story addition. The 1,071-square-foot Hanfield house has a visitable first floor and was designed to be an accessible unit.
Over the next month or so, CNCURC/NEST will break ground on two new-construction houses at 4135-37 Witler St. and 1720-22 Hanfield as part of the Blockwatch 45223 Homeownership Project. Three sources of funding are required to complete the project, including NSP funding through the City of Cincinnati, a revolving construction loan from the Cincinnati Development Fundand general funds from CNCURC/NEST.
Sunderland says they’re also waiting to hear if their NOFA application for gap financing for the development of five single-family houses for the Fergus Street Homeownership Project has been approved. This project includes the rehab of four single-family houses, three of which are currently owned by and land-banked with the Port Authority, as well as one new construction on a lot owned by CNCURC/NEST.
THE LITTLE HOUSE THAT COULD: NORTHSIDERS ENGAGE WITH LANDBANK TO ACQUIRE HOME FOR REHAB
Over a period of 15 years, the “little brown house” as Stefanie Sunderland calls it, “bounced back and forth between ownership, occupancy, vacancy, and three foreclosures. At one point the weeds, shrubbery and trees were so overgrown it was difficult to notice a house was even there.” Sunderland, Executive Director for NEST – Northsiders Engaged in Sustainable Transformation (formerly CNCURC) was describing the house at 1726 Hanfield St. in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Northside. The group was diligent in reporting complaints on the site, year after year. Fortunately, their persistence was fruitful.
In 2013, as the Hanfield property went through the County’s tax foreclosure sale, the Hamilton County Landbank successfully petitioned for it at the request of NEST/ CNCURC, rather than have it forfeited to the State. “As one of our established community partners, NEST/ CNCURC then acquired it from the Landbank in August 2013 and they have been hard at work rehabbing the property ever since,” said Billy Weber, associate counsel for the Port Authority.
When acquired through the Landbank, it had been stripped of copper, and suffered from years of neglect, leaks ruining the frame, the yard a jungle of weeds.
Major redevelopment work began in early 2015 which included relocating a bathroom and kitchen, a new multi-room addition to the back, while maintaining some characteristics of the 94-year old home per historic guidelines. And just as renovation was underway, the home went under contract for sale in January with a closing date set for mid-May.
NEST/ CNCURC recently hosted an open house to show the progress on 1726 Hanfield, and another nearby rehabbed home at 4118 Lakeman. Kate Bridgman, a realtor with Comey & Shepherd and a NEST/CNCURC Board member, noted that these efforts are having a positive impact on the market. “The more homes that NEST/ CNCURC can work to acquire, rehabilitate and make affordable to owner-occupants, the better it is for the neighborhood, and for current owners in Northside.”
Read more about the work of NEST/CNCURC at http://www.soapboxmedia.com/devnews/040715-northsiders-engaged-in-sustainable-transformation.aspx
Don’t miss the Northside Porch Tour, October 10th, 2015, from 6:00-9:00pm. NEST will be at Jergen’s Park for the festivities, so come join us and hear about current and future projects. We’ll have photos of some of the many impressive projects we’ve already completed in Northside – and previews of our next homes.
The Northside Community Council’s Porch Tour returns this year, 6-9 p.m. on October 10th, departing from Jergen’s Park, at the corner of Hamilton and Bruce avenues. Mark your calendars and plan on attending a neighborhood streetscape celebration unique only to Northside.
Thousands of luminaries will light the pathway along another new route including the full length of Haight Avenue, North and South Argyle, and portions of Hamilton Avenue.
Evanston Kinney, will greet your ears at Jergen’s Park; the Citizens on Patrol will be grilling hot dogs, and a neighborhood youth group will hold a bake sale. Two 20-person carriages will again tour the route, complete with an architectural interpretation of the houses and porches. Tickets are available at the event and are based on a sliding scale of $4 to $10 per ride, depending on the amount you personally would like to spend to support the event. The goal is to sell ample tickets to offset the cost of the carriages. Special thanks goes to the Northside Community Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation this year for offsetting the cost of the live music and over 1,000 luminaries being furnished without cost to every household along the tour route.
For more information or to volunteer for the event, contact Tim Jeckering or (513) 520-7112