Innovative apartment complex connects rural workforce to "home"

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Heather Hartley
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This is a photo of a ribbon cutting ceremony at Hopewell Cottages in the Village of Hebron, Licking County, Ohio.

There were big smiles in the Village of Hebron recently as the red ribbon dropped on Hopewell Cottages’ already-100-percent occupied workforce family housing complex. 

A testament to an innovative “All Hands” approach and a brilliant example of public-private partnership, the apartments are located within walking distance of a 600-acre industrial corridor that employs a workforce of more than 4,000. Dovetailing with 12 of Licking County’s 75 largest employers along with three Fortune 500 companies – the Hopewell Cottages community center will provide space for a county-based community improvement corporation, a regional university, and local technical colleges to offer on-site workforce training and development for area residents.

The 10 newly-constructed apartment buildings offer a mix of 1, 2, and 3-bedroom units with attached single-car garages. Special attention was given to environmentally-conscious construction, with Energy Star-rated appliances and lighting, low-flow plumbing, proper insulation, and energy-efficient windows.

Through its Multi-Family Housing Loan Guarantee program, USDA Rural Development provided a $1.5 million guarantee on the project, which also received $900,000 in Low Income Housing Tax Credits and cost more than $10.6 million to complete. 

Fast Facts

Obligation Amount$1,500,000
Date of ObligationMarch 2016
Congressional DistrictRepresentative Tiberi; Ohio-12
Senator's Last NamesBrown and Portman