VIPs Celebrate Grand Opening of $9.2 Million Weinland Park Homes

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Weinland Park Homes is distinctive because of the key role it plays in the comprehensive neighborhood redevelopment of Weinland Park in Columbus.

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VIP Ribbon Cutting of Weinland Park Homes

Weinland Park Homes is the affordable family housing component of the inclusive Weinland Park neighborhood revitalization project, and plays a valuable role by beginning the new vertical construction of the area.

Gray skies and drizzle didn't stop nearly 80 people from coming out for the VIP Grand Opening of Weinland Park Homes on Thursday, April 27. Weinland Park Homes is distinctive because of the key role it plays in the comprehensive neighborhood redevelopment of Weinland Park in Columbus.

The event was sponsored by partners Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, US Bank, Ohio Housing Finance Agency, Enterprise Green Communities, Huntington Bank, Affordable Housing Trust for Columbus and Franklin County, and the City of Columbus. Speakers included Boyce Safford (Director of Development, City of Columbus), Scott J. Nally (Ohio EPA Director), Sean Thomas (Director of Planning, Preservation and Development, Ohio Housing Finance Agency), Isabel Toth (President, Community Properties of Ohio Management Services), Ed Roberts (Representative for United States Senator Sherrod Brown), Joseph P. Molnar (Managing Director, Huntington Community Development Corporation), Mark Wagenbrenner (President, Wagenbrenner Development), Aaron Pechota (Vice President of Development, The NRP Group), and Alan F. Scott (Principal, The NRP Group).

Developed by The NRP Group and Wagenbrenner Development, built by NRP Contractors, and managed by NRP Management, Weinland Park Homes represents a $9.2 million investment into the community. The property was designed with low to moderate income families in mind and offers newly built affordable three and four bedroom single-family homes with an array of features including a fully-equipped kitchen, walk-in closets, detached garage, full basement, abundant storage, washer and dryer connections, patio and more.

Weinland Park Homes is the affordable family housing component of the inclusive Weinland Park neighborhood revitalization project, and plays a valuable role by beginning the new vertical construction of the area. The homes have been built utilizing the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program and in conjunction with the City of Columbus, which provided $950,000 in NSP funds towards the project. The property also utilized $3 million in Clean Ohio remediation funds for brownfield redevelopment.

“Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing is a proud investor in Weinland Park Homes,” said Hal Keller, OCCH President. “OCCH has been an active partner with several organizations for many years in the comprehensive revitalization of the Weinland Park neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio. We are pleased to celebrate the grand opening of these homes that will provide much needed quality, affordable housing to Columbus families.”

Ron Dugas, Huntington Bank community development director, added, “Huntington is glad to be playing a part in the revitalization of a critical Columbus neighborhood by supporting the development of Weinland Park Homes. It’s a great central location for working families who will help strengthen the fabric of the community. Additionally, this project illustrates Huntington’s continuing commitment to community development and aligns with our recent partnership announcement with Ohio State University to support University District investment.”

The NRP Group LLC: Developer, Builder and Management Company

The NRP Group is a full-service developer, general contractor, and property manager providing a broad range of services. From start to finish, every project The NRP Group takes on is carefully contemplated and executed to maximize investment return, cost efficiency, productivity and satisfaction. The NRP Group has been recognized as NAHB’s Multifamily Development Firm of the Year and has been ranked number one in the Top 50 Affordable Housing Developers for 2007, 2008 and 2009 by Affordable Housing Finance.

Since its’ founding in September 1995 by Alan F. Scott, T. Richard Bailey and J. David Heller, the company has experienced continual growth in the fields of single-family, multi-family, senior and student housing. In all, more than 18,077 housing units have been built with another 3,292+ planned in 2012.

In 2003, the owners formed NRP Management, which at year-end 2011 managed 96 properties encompassing 10,079 market rate and tax credit family and senior apartment properties in Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia, Texas, Indiana, New Mexico, Florida, and Arizona.

The NRP Group, LLC has offices in Cleveland, Ohio; San Antonio, Texas; Houston, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; Buffalo, New York; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Orlando, Florida. For more information, call (216) 475-8900 or visit http://www.nrpgroup.com.

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