‘I’m Starting Over, And I’m Excited About That’
When Belinda Spinosi in mid-November moved into Homeport's Hamilton Crossing in Whitehall, she became the first resident of the 64-unit apartment building built for seniors. Yet Spinosi, approaching 60, said that the experience so far reminds her of graduating Central High School in 1975.
“I’m starting over and I’m excited about that,” Spinosi said.
Twenty-one of Hamilton Crossing's one- and two-bedroom apartments off Etna Road near Hamilton Road have been occupied as of Nov. 30, according to Michelle Roberts of property management company Wallick.
The building, for individuals at least 55, was made possible through a $1 million federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits allocation. The special financing intended to create affordable housing comes with rent and income requirements:
- Rent for one-bedroom apartments is $540.
- Two-bedrooms apartments rent for $675.
- Residents’ income must not be less than 2.5 times their rent.
- $31,600 is the maximum income for one-bedroom apartments
- $35,760 in the maximum income for two-bedroom apartments.
Rental opportunities remain for the three-story building, said Roberts, who also manages Homeport’s Eastway Village apartments off East Broad Street in Whitehall. Rental application information is available by calling 614 437-2532.
The $11.4 million three-story building was constructed on property that for decades was home to “Swimland,” a popular, privately-owned swimming pool that closed in 2008. The city of Whitehall purchased the vacant 5-acre parcel in 2014 for approximately $300,000 with the idea Homeport would be able to cover the expense and build on it.
The new apartment building is attractive for a variety of reasons. The building is near a community center and park. It is a half block from COTA buses on Hamilton Road. Inside, each brightly lit floor has rooms that will allow residents to relax or interact, from reading to playing cards.
The apartment building is a great location for not only the senior residents but their children who can look in on them, said Wallick's Roberts.
Michael Smith, a ground operations worker for Southwest Airlines at John Glenn International, agreed.
"It's about 5 minutes from the airport. I can easily check in on my mother. She's 93," said Smith.
Spinosi, the first Hamilton Crossing resident, has been busy wading through boxes, putting up her Christmas tree and eagerly awaiting and greeting fellow new residents as well as making her apartment a home.
She contemplates the purchase of an L-shaped sofa and exploring her new neighborhood after having lived several years on East Broad Street near Franklin Park Conservatory.
“This is how I felt when I was 18-years-old. I have a mattress, a few pictures and a few pieces of furniture. It feels good. I was inspired then and now,” she said. “But I’m much wiser.”