Homeport Happenings: May 2019

Bruce Luecke Interviewed About May 7 Bond Issue Importance, Potential Use

Bruce Luecke

Bruce Luecke

Homeport President & CEO Bruce Luecke was recently interviewed by Columbus Radio Group News Director Clark Donley about the $1.03 billion bond issue facing Columbus voters on May 7.

Here are excerpts of Bruce’s comments about the bond issue’s $50 million set aside for affordable housing:

“It is a recognition of the growing awareness of the growth of Columbus and the need to serve all of its residents . . .

“$50 million is a lot of money but in the grand scheme of things . . . it’s really not when you consider an average development cost for one of our projects is around $10 million . . .

“It probably won’t be used to fund full projects but rather . . . [be] one of those funding sources that would help fill the gaps to make these projects happen.”

To hear Bruce’s full comments, click on the interview below.


First Commonwealth Re-Commits To Homeport

Homeport President & CEO Bruce Luecke, far left, accepted First Commonwealth’s donation for Housing Advisory Services. On far right is First Commonwealth Regional President Jason K. Baker.

Homeport President & CEO Bruce Luecke, far left, accepted First Commonwealth’s donation for Housing Advisory Services. On far right is First Commonwealth Regional President Jason K. Baker.

First Commonwealth Bank in April donated $30,000 to Homeport, continuing its support of Homeport’s homebuyer education and financial fitness classes and counseling.

The check was presented by First Commonwealth Regional President for Corporate Banking Jason K. Baker as well as Consumer Direct Mortgage Loan Originator Khalil Walls.

Accepting the donation on Homeport’s behalf was Homeport President & CEO Bruce Luecke, Homeport Senior Vice President of Community and Government Relations Maude Hill and Senior Director of Resource Development Laverne Price.


AEP Recognizes Homeport For Energy Efficiency Home Construction

Justin Metzler outside Milo Grogan homes.

Justin Metzler outside Milo Grogan homes.

AEP will honor Homeport on May 9 for its construction of 33 energy efficient homes in Milo-Grogan in 2018.

Homeport Project Manager Justin Metzler said the recognition is an affirmation of Homeport’s green design building standards while addressing the affordable housing shortfall in Central Ohio.

“From kitchen appliances to shower heads to basement insulation, Homeport has committed to taking a proactive approach in green design and, very importantly, reducing the utility bills of individuals renting from us,” Metzler said.

Homes built by Homeport in 2018 in Milo-Grogan

Homes built by Homeport in 2018 in Milo-Grogan

Homeport was nominated for the Energy Efficiency Champion award by Jim Miller, program manager for AEP's EfficiencyCrafted new homes and manufactured homes program.

The awards program at the Brookshire Event Center in Delaware marks the tenth year AEP has recognized customers and partners for advancing energy efficiency. Homeport will be one of 26 recipients in four categories. AEP has presented more than 200 awards since the program's onset.


Huntington Visit Brings Support

Bruce Luecke, Matthew Keating, Laverne Price and Shawn Dorsey

Bruce Luecke, Matthew Keating, Laverne Price and Shawn Dorsey


Huntington’s Senior Vice President, Regional Manager, Commercial Real Estate, Matthew Keating, and Shawn Dorsey, Vice President/Community Development Senior Banker, stopped by Homeport’s office on April 8 to deliver a $25,000 check for Homebuyer Education programs.

Bruce Luecke, President & CEO and Laverne D. Price, Senior Director of Resource Development, accepted the donation.