'Hamilton Crossing' Construction Begins

Artist rendering of the future Hamilton Crossing

Artist rendering of the future Hamilton Crossing

Homeport's Third Senior Community In Whitehall

For the third time in four years, Homeport is building an affordable apartment home community for seniors in Whitehall.

A groundbreaking ceremony for “Hamilton Crossing” was held on Aug. 24 at South Hamilton Road and Etna Road. Construction timelines call for the 64, one and two bedroom home apartments to open by October 2017.

Homeport in 2013 opened Eastway Village, 66 affordable apartments for seniors in the 4200 block of East Broad Street in Whitehall. In 2015 it opened its neighboring 32-apartment Eastway Court, also for seniors.   

The last U.S. Census showed that 11 percent of Whitehall’s population is 65 years old or older. Twenty-five percent is 45 to 64 years old.   

“The demand for affordable senior housing is strong and undoubtedly will grow,” said Homeport Interim President/CEO Bruce Luecke. “It is why we are committed to building 64 one and two beautiful bedroom apartments for residents 55 and older.”

Whitehall Economic Development & Public Service Director Zach Woodruff said there is a need for senior housing in the city.

“When Homeport opened Eastway a few years ago, it seemed to fill up within minutes,” said Woodruff. “There has been a similar response to the announcement and groundbreaking of Hamilton Crossing.”

The $11.4 million venture is a coalescing of Homeport partners old and new including: the City of Whitehall, Huntington Bank, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, Ohio Housing Finance Agency, The Affordable Housing Trust for Columbus & Franklin County, EMH&T, Berardi Partners, Ruscilli Construction Company and Wallick.

Among those speaking at the groundbreaking was Whitehall Mayor Kim Maggard.

Hamilton Crossing groundbreaking participants left to right: Chris Hune, Homeport Board Chair; Doug Garver, Executive Director, Ohio Housing Finance Agency; Tom Feusse, CEO, Wallick Communities; Tony Ruscilli, President, Ruscilli Construction; Jim Kunk, President, Huntington Bank Central Ohio/Columbus Region; Whitehall Mayor Kim Maggard; Bruce Luecke, Interim President/CEO, Homeport; Hal Keller, President, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing; Joseph Henry, Constituent Advocate, Office of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.  

Hamilton Crossing groundbreaking participants left to right: Chris Hune, Homeport Board Chair; Doug Garver, Executive Director, Ohio Housing Finance Agency; Tom Feusse, CEO, Wallick Communities; Tony Ruscilli, President, Ruscilli Construction; Jim Kunk, President, Huntington Bank Central Ohio/Columbus Region; Whitehall Mayor Kim Maggard; Bruce Luecke, Interim President/CEO, Homeport; Hal Keller, President, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing; Joseph Henry, Constituent Advocate, Office of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.