HUD Choice Neighborhoods
The Community Builders www.tcbinc.org
glaserworks led a team of consultants to help a nationally renowned non-profit developer rehabilitate eight historic apartment buildings, and construct one new one; this project provided 200 quality affordable housing units in one of Cincinnati’s most disinvested neighborhoods.
In addition to providing the architectural design services for the project, glaserworks assisted the developer in obtaining funding from an array of sources which produced complexities in design and construction. This rehabilitation of these historic buildings used funds from a US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant; State and Federal Historic Tax Credits; and Low Income Housing Tax Credits.
glaserworks worked with our client, The Community Builders (TCB),,and Xavier University’s Community Building Institute, to create a Transformation Plan for the HUD Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant. This Transformation Plan explained how physical, urban design improvements throughout the neighborhood could reinforce existing and proposed socio-economic initiatives.
glaserworks also helped TCB navigate the highly competitive application process to garner Low Income Housing Tax Credits. We designed the rehabilitations to comply with many scrutinized standards, as well as with standards for sustainability – as outlined by Enterprise Green Communities – and elements of Universal Design.
In collaboration with Sullebarger Associates, glaserworks also helped The Community Builders, Inc. obtain State and Federal Historic Tax Credits for 6 of the 9 buildings. None of the buildings were eligible for historic tax credits prior to our involvement, so our endeavor to obtain historic tax credits had to start with getting each building nominated for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
Each historic building presented its own unique challenges. Some had been vacant for many years and were in very poor condition; others were occupied and still retained critical pieces of ornate architectural detailing.