“A homebuilding program set to launch next month in Ohio City aims to make new construction swifter and simpler for people hoping to live in one of Cleveland’s most popular neighborhoods.
The partners have lined up 18 lots owned by the city’s land bank, in scattered locations outside of Ohio City’s core historic district, largely south of Lorain Avenue. Homebuyers participating in the program will pick from a menu of three facades and floor plans – all pre-approved by various review bodies at Cleveland City Hall.
“It’s very difficult for people to build houses in the city of Cleveland,” said Ben Trimble, senior director of real estate and planning for Ohio City, Inc. “You find that at the top of the market, people with more means have the ability to build a custom home. They have the money and time. It really jacks up costs for building, though. … We’re trying to find a way to help the middle class. We have available land, so how do we make it available to more people?””