Grand Opening- The Commons at Little Bark Creek
According to the Pew Research Center, 10,000 Americans celebrated their 65th birthday today, and another 10,000 will celebrate that same milestone every single day through 2030. Much has been written about the anticipated housing challenges as one quarter of the population seeks to transition their living situation, and there’s a strong rental housing market cater to seniors looking to live independently. But Americans who want or need to live with their children (or other younger relatives) have very few housing options outside of homeownership. Renters face an uphill battle when trying to find an apartment that is both affordable and appropriate for several generations under one roof.
WSOS Community Action Commission, a Fremont, Ohio non-profit organization, sought an innovative solution to this challenge and recently celebrated the opening of their The Commons at Little Bark Creek. The community has 66 brand new apartment homes- six of which are designed for families with multiple generations living under the same roof. These six apartment homes are 1,700 square feet with four bedrooms and feature separate living spaces for the senior relative, the head of house hold, and possible children, brought together by a communal living room and kitchen. The apartments are ADA compliant. The need for this type of housing is clear, as evidenced by the fact that all six were rented out almost immediately.
“We are so excited about this new type of apartment home,” stated Don Corley, Housing Development Coordinator for WSOS. “It’s unlike anything we’ve seen out in the market, and clearly fits the needs of those we serve in Sandusky County.”
Interested residents will also find that The Commons offers more traditional senior apartments featuring 1 and 2 bedroom floor plans. The community features a bark park for pets, raised gardens, a wellness center, playground, fitness center and a media room, among other amenities. It is also situated right next door to WSOS’s Stricker Center which operates a top-rated Head Start/Child Care program.
“I am just so glad to live here,” stated Bernice Ochs, a Commons at Little Bark Creek resident. “Before moving into my apartment I was very isolated, and I didn’t realize how alone I was until I got here. Now I’m surrounded by people who care, I meet with friends every day and I’m a part of the community!”
WSOS was awarded $8.4mm in federal tax credits, to be given over ten (10) years, from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA). Riverhills Bank provided both the construction and permanent loans, while Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing served as the equity investor. The Commons at Little Bark Creek was been developed in partnership with Indianapolis-based Herman & Kittle Properties, Inc. (HKP). HKP served as general contractor and will provide property management services.
Interested in learning more about this special community? Check visit their web page.