Homeport is once again on the path to providing affordable senior housing in the City of Whitehall and for first time has plans to build workforce housing there, too.
The Whitehall City Council on Jan. 15 approved a 32-unit apartment building for seniors directly south of (behind) Homeport’s existing 64-unit Hamilton Crossing development for seniors on Etna Road, just east of Hamilton Road.
The council also approved Homeport’s request to build 102 apartments in a four-story building on the north side of Etna Road directly across the street from Hamilton Crossing. Homeport would market the one- and two-bedroom apartments to families making 60 to 100 percent of the area median income.
“The City of Whitehall is honored to continue our partnership with Homeport,” Whitehall Director of Development Zach Woodruff said. “By working with Homeport, we are working towards our goal of offering housing for every resident, of truly becoming a community of opportunity for everyone.”
Both Homeport developments are contingent on construction financing.
Homeport will be submitting in February a request for Low Income Housing Tax Credits from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency to construct the 32-unit building currently being referred to as Hamilton Crossing Annex. Conventional financing would be required for the workforce housing.
Hamilton Crossing was in high demand well before it opened its doors in late 2017. Today there is a two-year wait list for renting an apartment there, said Whitney Cooperrider of property management company Wallick.
Residents of both Hamilton Crossing and the 32-unit annex project must be at least 55 years old and make 30 to 60 percent of the area median income, which was $16,050 to $32,100 for a single person in 2018.
The workforce housing on the north side of Etna, currently called Etna Road Apartments, would be for individuals making up to 100 percent of the median income, which was $53,500 for a single person in 2018. A family of four could earn up to $76,400.
In 2018, Homeport’s Board of Directors committed to expanding its housing stock to workers making 60 to 100 percent of the area median income, meeting a growing market need for middle class income workers.
The two developments approved by the Whitehall council in January would be the fourth and fifth projects for Homeport in the City of Whitehall. Before Hamilton Crossing, Homeport built Eastway Village and Eastway Court, 98 affordable apartments for seniors on East Broad Street.
“We’re pleased to once again work with the City of Whitehall,” Homeport President & CEO Bruce Luecke said. “The expansion of the Hamilton Crossing senior community is necessary due to demand. And the new workforce community serves a growing need for quality, reasonably cost housing.”