Thursday, August 16, 2001

25-home project under way today

By Ken Alltucker
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        South Cumminsville officials will break ground today on a $3.7 million, 25-home project designed to boost the neighborhood's home ownership rate.

        The development is geared tofirst-time buyers, according to South Cumminsville Community United for Better Housing, a nonprofit organization developing the homes.

        “We are excited to begin the Heritage Home project,” said Jack McWilliams, president of the South Cumminsville community development group. “These homes will give our children and other young home-buyers the opportunity to stay in the neighborhood.”

        The 25 single-family homes will range from $85,000 to $115,000.

        Home ownership classes and down payment assistance will be available to potential buyers.

        The development will be funded through several sources, including Cincinnati's Department of Neighborhood Services and Ohio's community development finance fund.

        South Cumminsville has a 55 percent home ownership rate, well above Cincinnati's 38 percent — one of the lowest rates in the nation.

        State Sen. Mark Mallory, D-Cincinnati, state Rep. Catherine Barrett, D-Cincinnati, city officials and others will attend today's groundbreaking ceremony at 3705 Herron St.


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