Friday, June 7, 2013

Northside zoning district expanded for senior apartments

The rezoning of 0.757 acres at the southwest corner of Mad Anthony and Knowlton streets in Northside could lead to the development of a 54-unit affordable housing project for senior citizens.

On May 22, Cincinnati City Council approved the rezoning of 4115-4137 Mad Anthony Street from MG Manufacturing General District to PD No. 47 Planned Development District (PD-47). Residential uses are not permitted in MG districts.

The site has been proposed for the $10.2 million Northside Senior Apartments, to be developed by the ‎Model Group and Episcopal Retirement Homes (ERH).

ERH has a purchase option on the site, pending a decision on its application for Low Income Housing Tax Credits through the Ohio Housing Finance Agency.

In January, the Northside Community Council voted to support ERH's application. Cincinnati City Council passed a resolution of support for the application in February.

A final development plan is scheduled for consideration later this year, with construction expected to begin in early 2014.

PD-47 was created in 2007 and included both the American Can Building and the former Myron G. Johnson & Son Lumber Co. site.

And while American Can Lofts developer Bloomfield/Schon + Partners owned several properties in the Mad Anthony Street and Knowlton Street area, several of the parcels were privately-owned single-family homes and were left out of PD-47 in order to speed up rehabilitation of the factory structure.

Recently, the owners of American Can acquired and demolished the two remaining homes. The Myron Johnson site has been acquired by the City of Cincinnati and likely will be redeveloped by Indianapolis-based Milhaus Development into approximately 100 apartment units and 8,500 square feet of commercial space.

Other Northside action

Also on May 22, City Council approved a notwithstanding ordinance allowing the property at 1629 Pullan Avenue in Northside to be used as a multi-family dwelling, despite its location in a single-family zoning district.

Lisa Meeks of Rock Island Realty purchased the three-story, 3,400-square-foot building at sheriff's sale in March 2012 and plans to rehabilitate the property into three rental units. So far, work has focused on bringing the building up to code, including stabilizing and securing the property, installing new glass block basement windows, exterior paint, garage repair, new gutters and downspouts, and tree and litter removal.

The property had been a legal nonconforming use, but the ordinance became necessary because the building has been vacant for several years.

Long a neighborhood blight, letters of support for its redevelopment were submitted by the Northside Community Council and a number of neighborhood residents, and a petition of support was signed by 44 individuals.

Rock Island Realty has rehabilitated five single-family homes and six multi-family buildings, containing 16 total apartment units, over the past six years.

Previous reading on BC:
Northside CC supports Hamilton/Blue Rock project, sees designs (5/21/13)
Council supports 10 projects for Low Income Housing Tax Credits (2/19/13)
City wins award for American Can (10/8/12)
Northside's Factory Square set to begin (6/22/10)
Factory Square photo update, 4/4/09 (4/22/09)