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13 Ohio Communities Receive State help to Save Historic Buildings

7/3/2014, 9:17 p.m.

Garfield Building (Cleveland, Cuyahoga County)

Total Project Cost: $31,544,326

Total Tax Credit: $5,000,000

Address: 1965 East Sixth Street, 44114

The Garfield Building was completed in 1893 and occupied by National City Bank in 1921. National City eventually expanded into the connected New England Building and occupied much of both structures until the bank was acquired by PNC in 2008. Now empty, the building will be redeveloped by Milennia Companies into 167 market-rate apartment units and three separate restaurant spaces.

Guernsey Apartment Building (Cleveland, Cuyahoga County)

Total Project Cost: $1,738,417

Total Tax Credit: $248,375

Address: 2836 Franklin Boulevard, 44113

Located at Franklin Boulevard and West 29th Street, the Guernsey Apartment Building is a contributing component of Cleveland’s Ohio City Preservation District. The four-story apartment building will receive a substantial rehabilitation, including new electrical, plumbing and roofing systems. Finishes will be updated to create contemporary living spaces. The project will retain the building’s 25 apartment units.

Murphy Hall (University Heights, Cuyahoga County)

Total Project Cost: $36,683,809

Total Tax Credit: $1,907,300

Address: 1 John Carroll Boulevard, 44118

Designed in 1962 with Collegiate Gothic and Gothic Revival architectural influences, Murphy Hall is located in the John Carroll University North Quad National Register Historic District. The building originally housed 400 sophomore and junior male students, and was the first dormitory to house females when they were welcomed to campus in 1969. Upgrades will modernize the building interior, including accessibility accommodations, while maintaining historic features.

Near West Lofts Storefront (Cleveland, Cuyahoga County)

Total Project Cost: $1,109,497

Total Tax Credit: $180,499

Address: 6710 Detroit Avenue, 44102

Seated in the heart of the Gordon Square Arts District in Cleveland’s Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood, the Near West Lofts was rehabilitated eight years ago. The building’s first floor storefront, however, has remained unimproved and vacant. With occupancy in surrounding commercial spaces at 95 percent, plans are now moving forward to rehabilitate the commercial space for a restaurant tenant.

Ogilvie Block (East Liverpool, Columbiana County)

Total Project Cost: $6,520,112

Total Tax Credit: $1,130,336

Address: 127-129 East Fifth Street

The Ogilvie Block housed the storied Ogilvie Department and 5&10 Stores, once the largest retailer in Downtown East Liverpool. After Ogilvie ceased operations in the late 1980’s, the buildings served various other tenants, but are now completely vacant and deteriorated. Pennsylvania-based New Castle School of Trades plans to bring its vocational training programs to the building, including commercial/industrial maintenance, welding and commercial drivers’ license programs. This is the first project in East Liverpool and Columbiana County to access the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program. It is estimated the project will create more than 20 permanent and 12 part-time jobs.

Our Lady of Mercy (Cleveland, Cuyahoga County)

Total Project Cost: $5,136,282

Total Tax Credit: $1,015,000

Address: 2425 West 11th Street, 44113

Closed as a Catholic parish in 2009, Our Lady of Mercy includes church, school and rectory buildings. The structures, built between 1926 and 1958, are located directly on Lincoln Square in Cleveland’s Tremont National Register Historic District. MCM Companies will now lead redevelopment of the vacant property into commercial office space. The historic sanctuary and balcony will remain undivided as open office space in order to preserve the historic character of the church.