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Eastway Village

Homeport dedicates housing for low-income senior citizens

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Homeport, a nonprofit organization that provides housing for low-income senior citizens, dedicated its newest development Sept. 27 in Whitehall.

Eastway Village, at 4237 E. Broad St. and near the corner of Pinewood Drive, is a newly constructed campus of 36 one-bedroom and 30 two-bedroom apartment units.

A combination of state and federal grants and tax credits from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency made the $10 million project possible, said Amy Klaben, Homeport president and CEO.

The residences are available to those ages 55 and older, and the maximum annual income is $28,560 for one-person households and $32,640 for two-person households, as established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority provides Section 8 vouchers to allow residents to pay reduced rates based on their income.

Eastway Village represents the third senior-specific housing development of Homeport, which operates about 2,000 residential units in Franklin and contiguous counties for all age groups.

Community amenities include a kitchen, a library, an exercise room, a craft room, on-site laundry, secure key-card entries and access to public transportation, Klaben said.

The Sept. 27 dedication of the 66 units at Eastway Village represents the first phase of its development.

Thirty-two additional units are expected to be built in the second phase. The $5 million project is expected to begin by the end of the year.

"The demand for these units is high, and in speaking with our seniors, they are so grateful to have safe and affordable housing," Klaben said.

All 66 units at Eastway Village were leased prior to the completion of its construction.

Whitehall development director Zach Woodruff said the development was a "beautiful addition" on East Broad Street and continues the city's "positive momentum."

Northland Development and Homewood Homes were the contractors for the project; Berardi & Partners and Engineer Geographics were the architects; Homeport and Jewish Family Centers provided support services; and Wallick Properties is the property manager.

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