American Addition

Celebrate completion of Phase I Infrastructure at American Addition on November 5, 2014

Join Mayor Michael B. Coleman and City Councilmember Shannon G. Hardin along with neighborhood leaders and representatives of Homeport to celebrate the completion of the first phase of roadway and other infrastructure improvements in the American Addition neighborhood.  The work is part of the American Addition Improvements Project, which is a joint effort between the City of Columbus and Homeport. 

“We are investing in the American Addition neighborhood to make it safer for families,” said Mayor Coleman.  “This project makes it safer to walk in the neighborhood, reduces flooding during rainstorms and makes homeownership possible for more families.”

 The event will begin at 11am.

Join us at;
Tray Lee Center
1362 Sigsbee Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43219

American Addition, Phase 1, infrastructure improvements include:

  • Reconstruction, including the addition of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, to the following streets:
  • East 12th Avenue between Joyce Avenue and Sampson Avenue
  • Lee Avenue
  • Sampson Avenue
  • Sigsbee Avenue
  • Woodford Avenue between Joyce Avenue and Katahdin Alley
    • Improvements to existing alleys and construction of additional new alleys
    • Addition of street lights
    • Addition of storm sewers
    • New water lines
    • Addition of street trees
    • Rain Gardens

Interior Home Maintenance

Home Maintenance

Your key to simple home repairs.

The Homeport Housing Advisory Center is a HUD-certified housing counseling agency offering 2-3 hours of exterior and interior home repair workshops to teach you the basics. 

 

The workshops will be located at:

562 E. Main Street

Columbus, Ohio 43215

Homeport to participate with Fifth Third eBus

Get on the eBus.

Get ready. The eBus from Fifth Third Bank is heading to your community.  The eBus will be providing information on mortgages, retail products, and small business opportunities.  We'll also get down to the basics, providing homeownership and financial literacy counseling as well as money management and simple budgeting tips.  We're making a stop near you- and it's absolutely free. 

 

The eBus will be making stops at the following locations:

  • Cap City Nights/ Columbus Parks and Recreation   Saturday, August 3rd    5pm-9pm  Glenwood Community Center  1925 W. Broad St. Columbus, Oh
  • Impact Community Action Agency  Wednesday, August 7th 10am-3pm 700 Bryden Rd, Columbus, OH
  • St. Stephens Community House   Thursday, August 8th 10am-3pm 1500 E. 17th Ave, Columbus, Oh 
  • Cap City Nights / Columbus Parks and Recreation  Friday, August 9th 5pm-9pm  Beatty Park 247 N. Ohio Ave., Columbus, Oh
  • Columbus Festival Latino Saturday, August 10th 11am-8pm and Sunday, August 11th 11am-8pm  303 W. Broad Street, Columbus, Oh

Homeport to participate with Fifth Third E-Bus

Get on the eBus.

Get ready. The eBus from Fifth Third Bank is heading to your community.  The eBus will be providing information on mortgages, retail products, and small business opportunities.  We'll also get down to the basics, providing homeownership and financial literacy counseling as well as money management and simple budgeting tips.  We're making a stop near you- and it's absolutely free. 

 

The eBus will be making stops at the following locations:

  • Cap City Nights/ Columbus Parks and Recreation   Saturday, August 3rd    5pm-9pm  Glenwood Community Center  1925 W. Broad St. Columbus, Oh
  • Impact Community Action Agency  Wednesday, August 7th 10am-3pm 700 Bryden Rd, Columbus, OH
  • St. Stephens Community House   Thursday, August 8th 10am-3pm 1500 E. 17th Ave, Columbus, Oh 
  • Cap City Nights / Columbus Parks and Recreation  Friday, August 9th 5pm-9pm  Beatty Park 247 N. Ohio Ave., Columbus, Oh
  • Columbus Festival Latino Saturday, August 10th 11am-8pm and Sunday, August 11th 11am-8pm  303 W. Broad Street, Columbus, Oh

Winter construction update at American Addition

Snow and cold weather could not keep our construction crews from making progress in American Addition. Four more homes are now under roof, and they are on track to be completed this spring. Once completed, that will be 10 new homes that we have brought to the in the less than two years since we started construction. Now, when you drive down Lee Avenue - where much of the attention has been paid - it’s not hard to imagine there will be a complete street once again in the near future.

American Addition neighborhood focus of 2012 Red Day and REALTOR® Care Day

Keller Williams Red Day

Homeport was very excited to partner with Keller Williams again this year for their annual RED Day. More than 100 Keller Williams staff volunteered for the day of service in the American Addition neighborhood. Volunteers helped plant flowers and complete landscaping projects, paint buildings, rebuild failing garages or other structures and help clean up and paint the community garden space. Keller Williams Red Day photos can be seen here.

2012 REALTOR® Care Day

For the 2012 REALTOR® Care Day (RCD), the Columbus Board of REALTORS® partnered with Homeport to improve five homes in the American Addition subdivision - all on Sampson Avenue. Their group of volunteers cleaned, repaired, painted, landscaped, fixed gutters, recarpeted porches, and installed a new shed for residents in need.

This is an annual event where central Ohio REALTORS®, affiliates, family, and friends volunteer their time to show their communities they care. With careful planning, preparation and the dedication of many volunteers, it's amazing how much can be accomplished in one day. 

RCD started with one community service project in 2005. This year, there were 22 groups, 35 projects, and over 400 volunteers! Although REALTORS® donate time and talent to their communities throughout the year, this one day event focuses the energy of hundreds of volunteers in areas all over the central Ohio area.

2012 REALTOR® Care Day highlights
22 groups!
35 projects!
448 volunteers!
$18,434 dollars spent!
$22,574 in-kind contributions!
$41,007 total investment!!!

Were you AWARE that all of our new Homeport homes are built to sustainable, accessible standards?

Franklin County and the City of Columbus are adopting the AWARE Green/Universal Design Manual as the performance standard for the construction and renovation of federally-funded residential projects. AWARE stands for:

Accessible
Water Conservation
Air Quality
Resource Conscious
Energy Efficient 

The AWARE Manual was designed to achieve Enterprise Green Communities Standards.

The AWARE Manual will provide new and existing housing stock to residents of Franklin County and Columbus that is healthier, more accessible, resource conscious, and environmentally friendly. The City and County are committed to promoting AWARE green and universal design standards of construction throughout Franklin County and Columbus. 

Healthier Homes

    • Testing and mitigating radon gas, if necessary, (a main cause of lung cancer)
    • Active/forced or passive air systems to bring fresh air into the home
    • Ventilation to remove moisture, which causes mold and mildew
    • Integrated pest control using non-chemical methods
    • Low/No VOC products:
      • Paints
      • Adhesives
      • Carpet
      • Floor tiles and sheet goods
      • Bathroom and kitchen cabinets 
More Accessible Homes
  • No-step entry (making it wheelchair accessible)
  • Wider doorways and halls (making them wheelchair accessible)
  • Wider stairways (for future installation of a stair lift)
  • 1st floor bath and bedroom (making home accessible to all)
  • Providing floor space and fixtures to accommodate wheelchair access in bathrooms and kitchens
  • 1st floor laundry (accessible to all)
  • Lever handle faucets (easy operation for all)
  • Lever handle door locks/latches (easy operation for all)
  • Wood blocking in the walls (for future installation of grab bars)
  • Positioning the height of wall outlets, switches, thermostats, door locksets and cabinet handles (accessible to all) 

Resource and Energy Conscious Homes 

  • 90% + gas forced air furnaces
  • Water-saving plumbing fixtures
    • commodes
    • faucets
    • shower heads
  • Better house insulation
  • Using Energy Star-Rated:
    • Windows and doors
    • Appliances
    • Light fixtures
    • Fans
    • Hot water heaters
Environmentally-Friendly Homes
      • Recycling construction waste
      • Using recycled materials/products
      • Using a detailed framing plan to reduce material waste wood without compromising structural integrity
      • Creating a framing order waste factor limit holding the waste material to 10% or less
      • Using pre-cut or pre-assembled building systems or methods
      • Use materials from renewable resources or agricultural byproducts
Look for the AWARE  logo on the home listing page.

AWARE resources at Franklin County Board of Commissioners Economic and Development

Completion of 6 Single Family Homes in American Addition Celebrated

Mayor Michael B. Coleman today joined Homeport (aka Columbus Housing Partnership) President/ CEO Amy Klaben and Senator Sherrod Brown together with Councilmember Priscilla R. Tyson,  Franklin County Board of Commissioners President Paula Brooks and American Addition residents for a new home tour event celebrating the completion of six single-family homes. The  six homes located on Lee Avenue in the American Addition neighborhood are being constructed with the strategic use of funds from the National Stabilization Program 2 (NSP2) by both the City and the County.

“In these new homes, we’re seeing how Columbus and its residents are using federal funding to attract businesses, families, and young people to the neighborhood,” Brown said. “By rebuilding neighborhoods devastated by the economic crisis, we will improve surrounding property values, create new jobs, and foster long-term economic growth.

The homes constructed by KMM Builders and designed by Sullivan-Bruck Architects and Kaiser Design Group range from 1,488 to 1,641 square feet. Five of these homes are three bedroom/two bath in a range of models and one home has four bedrooms/three bath. All six meet the green AWARE standards and have detached two car garages. Prices range from $117,000 to $119,000 and are available to income-qualified buyers.  All new homebuyers will complete the HUD-certified home buyer education classes in Homeport’s Housing Advisory Center.

“With these new homes, the transformation of American Addition is truly underway,” Mayor Coleman said. “This neighborhood has a great history, and thanks to Homeport and all our partners, it will have a bright future.”

Through the revitalization of this neighborhood, Homeport will build a mixed-income community  comprised of 100 energy-efficient, high quality homes. American Addition is located in North Central Columbus just 3.5 miles from downtown.

“We have been working  to get revitalization efforts underway in American Addition. We can now walk down Lee Avenue and see another example of the impact that  NSP2 funds are having,” Amy Klaben said. “We have received a steady stream of interest in these 6 new homes and already have two offers on the table. People are excited about new energy-efficient housing options so close to downtown.”

“The American Addition is an important piece of the fabric of Columbus’ past,” said Councilmember Priscilla R. Tyson, chair of the Finance Committee.  “Generations of mostly African American families have called this area home and now this partnership between the City, County, federal government and community are revitalizing this important neighborhood.”

“This shared investment by the County Commissioners and the City of Columbus shows true partnership in addressing the housing needs of our community,” added County Commissioner Brooks. “As these homes were built, our strategic investment also put people to work – laborers, contractors, carpenters and builders.”

Homeport anticipates future phases of single family homes will follow the planned infrastructure improvements.

Are you interested in a home in American Addition? Contact us today.

Shaping up to be a memorable year at American Addition

2012 will no doubt be a momentous year at American Addition. We are already looking forward to the first round of homes being completed - just a month after the national airing of the Extreme Makeover of the Rhodes' home. The first three homes should be finished by January 15th. Another three will be completed by the end of February. Please stay tuned for updates on the construction progress, and see below for a slideshow with the most recent pictures.

Reverend Jordan: Stories of American Addition

Reverend Jordan and his daughter Kim talk about family, faith and tradition in American Addition, a neighborhood in northeast Columbus. Homeport AmeriCorps member Sam Hughes filmed this interview with the help of editor Sean Smith in the spring of 2010 – as part of the documentary series Stories of American Addition.

Wesley Douthitt: Stories of American Addition

Comparing life growing up in American Addition to the current day, resident Wesley Douthitt recollects living in the culturally-rich neighborhood. This interview was made possible by the work of Homeport AmeriCorps member Sam Hughes and editor Sean Smith - who shot the documentary series Stories of American Addition in early 2010.

Victor Merullo: Stories of American Addition

Spending many of his early years growing up in American Addition, Victor Merullo remembers what community life was like, and the important role it had in shaping his character. Homeport AmeriCorps member Sam Hughes and editor Sean Smith produced this piece for the documentary series Stories of American Addition in early 2010.

Marie and Jimmy Moreland: Stories of American Addition

Longtime residents and community activists Marie Moreland Short and Jimmie Moreland III, her son, reflect on what life was like growing up in American Addition. Homeport AmeriCorps member Sam Hughes and editor Sean Smith produced this piece for the documentary series Stories of American Addition in the spring of 2010.

The story behind Extreme Makeover and American Addition

About two years ago in an effort to bring attention to a long forgotten neighborhood, American Addition and to help the families living there, Homeport’s Christine Garcia answered a call from EXTREME Makeover: Home Edition. The show’s producers were interested in featuring a neighborhood in the midst of a rebirth. 

Then Homeport AmeriCorps Member Katelyn Victor went door to door talking to the families and helping those interested in completing the lengthy application. Our Marketing Manager, Ray George, created videos for the families to accompany their applications, and the Director of Home Ownership and now Vice President of Homeport Programs, Craig Murphy teamed up with Mayor Coleman to shoot an additional supporting video discussing the neighborhood’s history.

Late summer 2011 the cast of EXTREME Makeover: Home Edition knocked on the door and surprised one of those families with the news that they were chosen to receive a brand new home because of their love and commitment to each other. We cannot think of a better launch to the rebuilding of this proud community.

 In October 2011, Homeport Home Ownership broke ground on the first 6 lots with homes to be completed by February, 2012. We will build over 100 homes throughout a 10 year period with 18 more anticipated in 2012. Eight different models will be available to choose from. All of the houses will be built to green AWARE standards

The City of Columbus is set to invest more than $10 million in installing the first green infrastructure in the City. Click here for an article about this groundbreaking infrastructure.

In the spring of 2010, AmeriCorps member Sam Hughes and videographer Sean Smith documented the American Addition story by interviewing current and past residents. Here are some of their stories.

Extended Trailer:Stories of American Addition
Trailer: Stories of American Addition
Marie and Jimmy Moreland: Stories of American Addition
Mayor Coleman: Stories of American Addition
Victor Merullo: Stories of American Addition
Wesley Douthitt: Stories of American Addition
Reverend Jordan: Stories of American Addition

 

Mayor Coleman: Stories of American Addition

This extended trailer gives a voice to residents from Columbus’ historic American Addition neighborhood, as they reflect on the past and their hopes for a brighter future. Also hear why City of Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman shares his insight on American Addition. Hear why he is such a proponent of Homeport's work to revitalize the neighborhood. The stories in this documentary series were brought to light by the work of Homeport AmeriCorps member Sam Hughes and editor Sean Smith in the spring of 2010.

Trailer (Extended): Stories of American Addition

This extended trailer gives a voice to residents from Columbus’ historic American Addition neighborhood, as they reflect on the past and their hopes for a brighter future. Also hear why Mayor Michael B. Coleman thinks the revitalization of this community is so important to the city. Stories of American Addition was produced by Homeport AmeriCorps member Sam Hughes and editor Sean Smith in early 2010.

Trailer: Stories of American Addition

In the spring of 2010, Homeport AmeriCorps member Sam Hughes and editor Sean Smith set out to tell the story of American Addition. In this short trailer, you will get a preview of what residents from Columbus' historic American Addition neighborhood have to say, as they reflect on the past and their hopes for a brighter future.