A new affordable housing project is under construction in Reynoldsburg.
Homeport, a nonprofit affordable-housing organization, recently broke ground for Blacklick Crossing across Livingston Avenue from Blacklick Woods Metro Park.
"Affordability is not just a city issue; it hits the suburbs, too," Homeport CEO Bruce Luecke said. "The region is in need of more affordable housing."
A majority of Homeport apartment projects are financed with the help of low-income housing tax credits, which are directed to families earning 60 percent or less of the area median income. In Columbus, that threshold is $32,100 for one person, $36,720 for two people, $41,280 for three people and $45,840 for four people.
Rents at Blacklick Crossing could cost up to $695 a month for a one-bedroom apartment, $885 for a two-bedroom and $1,025 for a three-bedroom. Twenty six of the units will be townhome-style apartments with 1 to 3 bedrooms that range in size from 800 to 1,475 square feet, not including the attached garage. Four units will be one-bedroom flats with attached garages. Construction is expected to be completed at the end of 2019, Luecke said.
"We are excited to get it occupied," Homeport project manager Justin Metzler said.
Blacklick Crossing will have 11 buildings, 10 residential and one community building, where the leasing office and fitness center will be located. The 2.75 acre complex will have a playground and a small meditation garden, and it is down the street from Reynoldsburg High School.
Homeport has 35 communities in central Ohio, and this will be the first in Reynoldsburg. Another suburban Homeport community is Hamilton Crossing in Whitehall, a 64-unit senior apartment building.
"As more and more jobs are coming to central Ohio, there is a need for people who work in these jobs and many of those are out in the suburbs," Luecke said.