NRP Group Opens 52-Unit Affordable Housing Community in Cleveland, Ohio in Collaboration with University Hospitals

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Kevin and Yvonne Conwell Alderman/Councillor, City of Cleveland; Dr. Dan Simon President, Academic and External Affairs and Scientific Director, University Hospitals; Celina Cunanan Director of the Office of Community Impact, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion of University Hospitals; Scott Skinner Vice President, NRP Group; Jeff Epstein Director of Integrated Development, City of Cleveland; Ryan Gleason Outreach and Engagement Manager, Ohio Housing Finance Agency

NRP Group, a premier, vertically integrated, multi-family housing developer, builder and manager, officially opened a 52-unit, mixed-income, multi-family community in the Glenville neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio.

The four-story, 52-unit apartment building at East 105th and Churchill Road will feature one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, as well as four integrated three-bedroom townhouses. All apartments will be available to individuals and families earning 60% or less of the area median income (AMI).

Davis Apartments will be developed in conjunction with University Hospitals, one of the nation’s leading healthcare systems. This development is the third “health and housing” project led by the NRP to improve the social determinants of health (SDOH) in underserved neighborhoods by partnering with hospitals, non-profit organizations and municipalities. The first health and housing development, Residences at Career Gateway in Columbus, Ohio, opened in 2018; the second, Via Sana in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood of Cleveland, is slated to open in 2022.

“Viewing the neighborhood itself as a patient to be healed, health and housing developments provide high quality affordable housing as a means of bringing essential support services to residents and the wider community, said Scott Skinner, vice president of development at The NRP Group. “These services such as career development training, health screenings and financial literacy are not readily available in many underserved neighborhoods. We look forward to working with the City of Cleveland and University Hospitals to complete this project and meet the most pressing needs of the Glenville community.

With their headquarters located just one mile from Davis Apartments, University Hospitals will work with NRP to provide health and wellness education and programs that will be open to the wider community. In addition, NRP will develop a 2,800 square foot community outreach center that teaching hospitals will use to provide preventative health care and SDOH solutions such as healthy cooking demonstrations, food pantry services, programs for pregnant women and new mothers, programs to combat seniors’ isolation, telehealth services, and training on labor and financial literacy. The University Hospitals goal with this development is to actively engage with local Cleveland neighborhoods by reaching beyond its four walls to address key SDOHs in disengaged communities.

“As an anchor institution, deeply rooted in this community for 155 years, University Hospitals takes to heart our responsibility to care for our community. At Hôpitaux Universitaires, improving the health of the people we serve and the communities in which they live is our priority,” said Daniel Simon, President, Academic and External Affairs and Scientific Director, University Hospitals. “We are pleased to collaborate with the NRP Group to further revitalize the neighborhood and provide quality housing and services to residents. We are confident that this new community will bring significant and lasting benefits to the neighborhood of Glenville.

The Glenville neighborhood is part of Cleveland’s Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative, a citywide effort to drive economic growth through healthy, sustainable, and equitable opportunities to create wealth and stabilize neighborhoods historically fringes. Glenville is less than a mile from University Circle, home to Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Natural History and dozens of shops , restaurants and grocery stores. The proximity of Davis Apartments to these anchor institutions and employment opportunities creates a strong foundation to build on and an opportunity to make these institutions and employment more accessible to people of all income levels.

Skinner added“The City of Cleveland has been instrumental in working with our team and the University Hospitals to help bring this project to fruition. NRP worked directly with the city’s Community Development Department to prepare the site for the Davis Apartments. We are extremely grateful to our partners in the City of Cleveland for their tireless work on this development.

The Davis Apartments are named after Harry E. Davis, a Cleveland native who served four consecutive terms in the Ohio State House before becoming the first African-American member of the Cleveland Public Service Commission and being Ohio State Senator.

Early rental of the community is expected to take place in 2023, with an expected completion date of 2024.

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