Valley View Hope VI update

(Plain Press, March 2006) On February 2nd the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority held a community meeting at St. Theodosius Church Hall in the Tremont neighborhood to update information on the Valley View HOPE VI development at W. 7th and Starkweather. Assisting CMHA with the presentation were architect Paul Volpe and consultant Mindy Turbov.

The first phase of the development is to include 110 rental units. 55 of those units will be public housing, 17 will be tax credit units targeted to people with incomes up to 60% of the median income, and 38 will be market rate units. The first phase will also include six for sale units of housing. Construction on phase one is expected to begin this summer.

The rental units will be in two-and three-story buildings and will be available in 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units. The design and placement of the units will be such that the public housing, tax credit and market rate units will be undistinguishable from each other.

The development will have a fitness facility for residents and a community room. The townhouses in the development will have different facades, windows and porches. The development will feature streets with stop signs at every intersection, sidewalks, and benches. The streets, community room, buildings and ten percent of the apartments will be ADA handicapped accessible.  The six for sale housing units will not be handicap accessible. Utility lines will be underground.

McCormack Baron Company of St. Louis is the developer of the project and will provide management services when the project is completed.  McCormack Baron currently manages Lexington Village in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood. Marous Construction is the builder and general contractor for the rental units and Sutton Homes will build the for sale homes.

Phase II of the project is scheduled to begin in a year if funding proposals are successful. It will include 80 additional rental units in townhouses. The second phase proposes an additional 18 for sale homes.


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