Tag: affordable housing

Montgomery County Land Bank prepares to spend $7M on affordable housing; others putting property to good use 

Montgomery County Land Bank prepares to spend $7M on affordable housing; others putting property to good use 

Vacant and abandoned properties are not only major eye sores and financial drains on cities. They also accelerate the decline of neighborhoods. How can we make this land more productive? An increasing number of governments and non-profit organizations are turning to land banks as a partial solution.  The Center for Community Progress says, “A land bank is a public entity with unique powers to put […]

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How can we make housing more affordable when we  can’t afford for housing prices to fall?  

How can we make housing more affordable when we  can’t afford for housing prices to fall?  

A recent report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, The State of The Nation’s Housing 2024, finds homeowners and renters are still “struggling with high housing costs.” Both housing prices and the number of renters with cost burdens have hit all-time highs. And the number of households paying more than 30-percent of their income on housing in Greater Cincinnati is 244,000. For Greater Dayton […]

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Want to create more housing without changing the neighborhood? Build an ADU 

Want to create more housing without changing the neighborhood? Build an ADU 

As the nation grapples with a lack of housing, interest is building in a concept already popular on the West Coast and parts of New England-Accessory Dwelling Units or ADUs.   Think granny flat, carriage house, attic or basement apartment, tiny house, even a manufactured home on your property that has its own entrance, a kitchen with sink and stove, bathroom and a place to sleep […]

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How Parking Mandates affect the Local Economy and Opportunity for Housing

How Parking Mandates affect the Local Economy and Opportunity for Housing

The Camp Washington Neighborhood navigates their parking minimum requirements as Cincinnati considers zoning changes through the Connected Communities initiative.

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Cincinnati City Council passes zoning reforms, including reduced parking mandates

Cincinnati City Council passes zoning reforms, including reduced parking mandates

Vehicles spend most of their time parked. And because of that, for years cities have dictated how many parking spots developers should include based on sometimes arbitrary numbers. But do those numbers still make sense and could reducing them allow for more housing and development? An increasing number of cities are getting rid of those so-called parking mandates or parking minimums, including Cincinnati.  Cincinnati changes  […]

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A Dayton woman’s housing journey points to the importance of fairness in the courtroom 

A Dayton woman’s housing journey points to the importance of fairness in the courtroom 

A Dayton tenant details her journey through eviction hearings with and without a lawyer.

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How well are zoning changes working across the country? Minneapolis, Tulsa and Buffalo provide proof 

How well are zoning changes working across the country? Minneapolis, Tulsa and Buffalo provide proof 

City planners from Tulsa (OK), Buffalo (NY) and Minneapolis (MN) share the affects of zoning reform in their cities.

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Cincinnati wants to make zoning changes. How quickly can those changes result in more housing? 

Cincinnati wants to make zoning changes. How quickly can those changes result in more housing? 

Creators of Cincinnati’s proposed zoning reform plan, known as “Connected Communities,” are shopping it around in the neighborhoods it would affect. The plan targets business districts and transit corridors to increase housing in those areas.  City planners crafted “Connected Communities” over 18 months. Residents of Bond Hill and Price Hill learned more about the six-tiered plan in public meetings in February and March. Residents from […]

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Dayton’s First Modern Skyscraper Adapted for New Use: Housing 

Dayton’s First Modern Skyscraper Adapted for New Use: Housing 

A Vacancy Adapts to a Need  According to Moody’s Analytics, about 20% (19.6) of office spaces in major US cities are vacant. Dayton has an even higher rate, with 28% of its office buildings vacant. There is also a lack of available housing in Dayton. With so many vacant office buildings, and a need for housing, developers see potential in converting offices into apartments through a strategy […]

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Developers are getting creative with empty office buildings. How many of them can be turned into housing? 

Developers are getting creative with empty office buildings. How many of them can be turned into housing? 

Look around downtown Cincinnati and Dayton and you’ll find plenty of available office space. Dayton’s Fifth Third Bank Center and Stratacache, formerly known as Kettering Tower, sit half empty. In Cincinnati, Atrium I and II have no shortage of available space for lease. And the 27-story URS tower on East Seventh Street was 77-percent vacant before being sold to a developer in March 2024.   Why […]

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