Turning a corner: North of Broad neighborhood shows promise [The Columbus Dispatch]

By Jim Weiker

One of the area’s busiest home-construction spots isn’t in Powell or New Albany.

It’s around the corner from a boarded-up liquor store on E. Long Street.

There, the nonprofit housing organization Homeport is continuing its ambitious transformation of a long-neglected pocket of Columbus dubbed NoBo, short for North of Broad.

Homeport expects to build 14 homes in the neighborhood this year, on top of the 35 it has already sold and the 12 it owns and rents out. In addition, the organization plans to renovate four vacant homes to sell.

Contractors will spend the summer erecting homes on 30- to 34-foot-wide lots in the area.

While tree-lined NoBo includes some grand turn-of-the-century brick Italianate homes, most of the neighborhood is dominated by traditional two-story, front-gabled homes with front porches.

Homeport’s houses are designed to match and range from about 1,200 square feet to 1,800 square feet. Most feature three bedrooms, a front porch, a detached garage, open layouts, deep basements and unusual energy efficiency. (One of the homes is central Ohio’s only LEED- certified single-family home.)

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