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City Hosted Grand Opening of Project Fresh Start

Mayor Don. L Robart announced the completion of the renovation of the first vacant house purchased with the City's CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) funding. Federal funding was utilized to purchase a Heslop home of which the City has over 3,000 housing units of this type in one planning area known as the Bailey Road - Munroe Falls Avenue District.

Mayor Don L. Robart stated "The purpose of this project was to totally renovate a vacant Heslop home and make all necessary improvements to it so that residents living in a similar type home can duplicate some or all of these renovations, with the ultimate goal of increasing property values in this important area of town." As a result of conducting in-depth planning charrettes, citizenry in this area of town desired to learn of ways to bring their homes up to modern standards with an emphasis placed on home ownership. Rental property rates in this area of the city have exceeded 50% in past years.

Key elements of Project Fresh Start included the creation of a first floor master bedroom with master bath, walk-in closet and private covered porch and patio; upgraded new kitchen, first floor laundry and half bath. The second floor, which formerly had two small bedrooms consisting of 352 square feet, now encompass 652 square feet and include a full bathroom. Doubling the usable living space on the second floor was made possible through the raising of the roof and the addition of two dormers. Other improvements include a new 2 ½-car garage with loft storage, landscaping and concrete driveway.

The ribbon cutting for the grand opening was held Friday, July 21, 2006 at the project house located at 2073 Bailey Road, Cuyahoga Falls. The house will be open for public viewing beginning the week of July 24, 2006 and continue through August 31, 2006 with the following schedule:

Tuesdays 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Thursdays 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Saturdays 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.

Other arrangements can be made to see the project house by calling the Development Department at 330 971-8135. Based on federal guidelines, the house will ultimately be sold to an approved income qualified family of which details are currently being created for the process for applying.

Additionally, the City is providing a grant program in the amount of $75,000 to assist Heslop homeowners living in the Bailey Road - Munroe Falls Avenue District with grants to induce the same type of improvements. Homeowners may call the City at 330 971-8140 to receive more information on this process.

Last changed 07/15/2011 - 2:26pm by petron@cityofcf