Mayor Michael B. Coleman today joined Homeport (aka Columbus Housing Partnership) President/ CEO Amy Klaben and Senator Sherrod Brown together with Councilmember Priscilla R. Tyson, Franklin County Board of Commissioners President Paula Brooks and American Addition residents for a new home tour event celebrating the completion of six single-family homes. The six homes located on Lee Avenue in the American Addition neighborhood are being constructed with the strategic use of funds from the National Stabilization Program 2 (NSP2) by both the City and the County.
“In these new homes, we’re seeing how Columbus and its residents are using federal funding to attract businesses, families, and young people to the neighborhood,” Brown said. “By rebuilding neighborhoods devastated by the economic crisis, we will improve surrounding property values, create new jobs, and foster long-term economic growth.”
The homes constructed by KMM Builders and designed by Sullivan-Bruck Architects and Kaiser Design Group range from 1,488 to 1,641 square feet. Five of these homes are three bedroom/two bath in a range of models and one home has four bedrooms/three bath. All six meet the green AWARE standards and have detached two car garages. Prices range from $117,000 to $119,000 and are available to income-qualified buyers. All new homebuyers will complete the HUD-certified home buyer education classes in Homeport’s Housing Advisory Center.
“With these new homes, the transformation of American Addition is truly underway,” Mayor Coleman said. “This neighborhood has a great history, and thanks to Homeport and all our partners, it will have a bright future.”
Through the revitalization of this neighborhood, Homeport will build a mixed-income community comprised of 100 energy-efficient, high quality homes. American Addition is located in North Central Columbus just 3.5 miles from downtown.
“We have been working to get revitalization efforts underway in American Addition. We can now walk down Lee Avenue and see another example of the impact that NSP2 funds are having,” Amy Klaben said. “We have received a steady stream of interest in these 6 new homes and already have two offers on the table. People are excited about new energy-efficient housing options so close to downtown.”
“The American Addition is an important piece of the fabric of Columbus’ past,” said Councilmember Priscilla R. Tyson, chair of the Finance Committee. “Generations of mostly African American families have called this area home and now this partnership between the City, County, federal government and community are revitalizing this important neighborhood.”
“This shared investment by the County Commissioners and the City of Columbus shows true partnership in addressing the housing needs of our community,” added County Commissioner Brooks. “As these homes were built, our strategic investment also put people to work – laborers, contractors, carpenters and builders.”
Homeport anticipates future phases of single family homes will follow the planned infrastructure improvements.