Hilltop Homes II: Construction, Move-Ins, 'On Schedule'

Construction so far involves the 'Elizabeth' model, pictured here on Wheatland Avenue.

Construction so far involves the 'Elizabeth' model, pictured here on Wheatland Avenue.

Mariah Marsh does her best to avoid situations that can inflame her chronic asthma.

“I have to wear a mask on the bus if I sit next to somebody who has been smoking,” said Marsh, 24. Dust mites can also create a problem, she said.

So it was a no-brainer for her to move to Hilltop Homes II. The Homeport scattered site initiative not only provides clean new homes but also is the latest addition to Homeport’s growing stock of smoke-free residences.

Mariah Marsh

Mariah Marsh

Marsh is one of 11 families to have moved into Hilltop Homes II since February. Thanks to a moderate winter, the 39 homes being built on the West Side are coming on-line, on-schedule.

Every resident in the Hilltop Homes II brings a different story. Often it involves a space to call your own. In fact, the amount of space provided is a key driver for those moving in so far.

Thirty-five of the 39 homes are the “Elizabeth” model, a 2-story, 3-bedroom 1 1/2 bath home with full basement and a detached two car garage.

Four of the properties will be the “Westminster” model. It is a one story, 3-bedroom, two full bath home with a two-car detached garage. Both models are approximately 1,400 square feet.  Only the Elizabeth model has been built so far.

“I love the house. The house is amazing,” said Erica Woods, who moved from Bexley with her four children. “It’s very spacious for my kids.”

Qua-Shonda Cattling and son -- first to Hilltop Homes II

Qua-Shonda Cattling and son -- first to Hilltop Homes II

The first Hilltop Homes II resident was Qua-Shonda Cattling. She moved to the 200 block of Warren Avenue on Feb. 11. 

“The experience has been cool,” said Cattling, and friends visiting have complimented her on the move from the Far East Side of Columbus.

Cattling, 27, said the move for her and her eight-year-old son Glenn is more than a home but a process for improvement.  Next up: “my goal is to find me a good paying job.” She also envisions purchasing the home, one day.

“If I last 15 years in this house I can purchase it,” Cattling said.

Low Income Housing Tax Credit financing of the homes requires that they be rented for 15 years before being eligible for purchase. Income for a family of four cannot exceed 60 percent of the median income for Columbus, which was $42,000 in 2014.

The lots Homeport and its development partner, Homes on the Hill, are constructing on, are between, north to south, West Broad Street and Freemont Street, Logan Street, Pervience Street and Hope Place, and east to west, Midland and Harris avenues.

Most of the properties in Hilltop Homes II were purchased from Columbus Land Bank and Franklin County Land Bank. The goal of Hilltop Homes II is to revitalize an older neighborhood with a colorful history by providing quality, affordable homes.

“Not only do we hope families will find these new homes as a catalyst for their own lives, but also as a catalyst to spur additional opportunities and investment within the neighborhood,” said Justin Metzler, the project manager for Homeport.

“With 39 homes anticipated to be completed this August, we’re anxious to see the positive impact this project will have on the neighborhood,” Metzler added. 

(Individuals interested in learning more about Hilltop Homes II should contact Jessica Walterman of Community Properties of Ohio at jwalterman@cpoms.org or 614.545.3199)