hamlet house

New renovation

Coming onto the market soon is this market-rate renovation on Hamlet Street near 7th Avenue. The current problem in Weinland Park is that many prospective home buyers make too much money to buy houses that were renovated with Neighborhood Stabilization Program money. This 1,948 square foot renovated American Foursquare close to the park comes with mature trees and is has a good percentage of owner occupied neighboring houses nearby. A garage will also presumably be added.


Next up: urban landscaping

The NSP houses on Hamlet and 8th are essentially completed except for the urban landscaping by Integrity Sustainable Planning in the front yards that will be installed soon. They will feature:

Front Yard Rain Gardens: that will direct roof run off into appropriately sized, slightly depressed planted bed areas filled with a permeable gravel/soil mix that will absorb the runoff, reduce the flow of site water into storm drains and minimize erosion, water pollution, flooding and diminished groundwater. A selection of native plants will be used for their tolerance of a seasonally wet environment, absorption of water and for their ability to attract local wildlife such as native birds. These showy shrubs and flowering perennials will offer a beautiful street-side view and will provide increased water infiltration capacity.

Curbside Rain Gardens: will collect and filter storm water from the sidewalks. Located between the curb and sidewalk they will feature lush street side plantings installed in a below grade permeable gravel/soil mixture used to maximize the absorption of water and trapping pollutants and silt.

Two houses are in contract and three are still left, although they may not be on the market yet, for those who make 120% or less of Area Median Income.  Call Mike Amicon 614.545.3677 for more information on all the Hamlet houses.

DSCN4886Historic tax credits in place and construction is about to begin.

In other news, the historic renovations on the apartments and rowhouses on 11th Ave should start in July or August. The street scape on 11th Avenue will also be renovated by the city along with the street scape on 5th Avenue including new street lights and various plantings.

DSCN4890Received tax credits for continued affordable housing on 5th Avenue.

The Hamlet, the 1915 rock faced block apartment building on 5th and Hamlet received Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) in the most recent round of tax credit applications. The units are already affordable housing and will remain so.  The units will be renovated by Homeport as the families voluntarily move out.


DSCN4887Will continue as urban prairie – site of the proposed LITHC senior housing.

The proposed LITHC senior housing project on Grant and 5th Avenue was not funded this year. Since it is not unusual to be denied the credits on the first application it is probable that Wagenbrenner and the NRP Group will try again next year.

Gather round urban enthusiasts – it’s planning time!

why now

The University Area Planning process begins in the fall to make a new comprehensive plan for the district. It will incorporate all the previous plans into one document although the focus will be on density, design guidelines, and parking.


It’s common knowledge that the pesky public just messes up the planning process.

The University Area Commission Planning Committee and city planners are forming a working group to guide the planning process. Unlike other area commissions the University area commission has a good percentage of appointed members. The commission currently has 11 elected resident commissioners and 7 appointed commissioners, three of which are residents. Appointed commissioners include three from Ohio State, two campus landlords and some members of amorphous organizations such as the University Community Association whose main function seems to be holding a popular annual ice cream social. Consequently, and perhaps quite coincidental, the Ohio State University representative, who is a planner, is running the University Area planning process. Other members of the working group include campus landlords, more people from the amorphous groups, the University Area Review Board and so far, one resident from Weinland Park. It seems that other residents may be added from other parts of the University area too as well as business owners and other “stakeholders.”


Having actual design guidelines instead of appearance review would be a welcome step.

11th in JuneBeauty is in the eye of the beholder – the product of appearance review.

Charitably, it could have been much worse. The UARB had the dormer moved back slightly, double-hung windows instead of sliders. Conversely, it could also be much better. Having actual design guidelines like Italian Village and Victorian Village would help stabilize the neighborhood but it would make life difficult for campus landlords trying to squeeze a dime out of every possible square foot.


Indianola and 7th Avenue – Good development or time for a moratorium?

An accelerating problem in the University District in the conversion of single family homes into what are still called single family homes but just with 8 or more bedrooms. This has become a real problem in the SoHud area around Indiana and Wyandotte. It is also becoming somewhat of a problem in parts of Weinland Park.   An idea growing in popularity is a moratorium on this type of renovation achieved by not issuing building permits for the expansion of residential building footprints or expanded floor area ratios in the University area until the planning process sorts this out. Whether the UAC  and City Council will sit on their hands or not and watch this inappropriate development continue  is the question of the month. Since the city sometimes feels that any development is good development. It’s going to be interesting. Stay tuned.

Update June 19th

The UAC voted to send a letter to City Council to support a moratorium on expanding the building footprints of single-family homes more than 10% or 200 square feet in the University District while the planning process explores the issue.

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