A non-profit organization will increase its capacity for low-income housing with a new development planned in Kettering.
Miami Valley Housing Opportunities purchased a property at 3908 Wilmington Pike, about a block north of Stroop Road in Kettering, said Tom Robillard, director of planning and development for city of Kettering.
“The plan for the building is to raze the site, get rid of the old Red Lobster building that’s really a blight on the community and build a three-story, 40-unit apartment building,” Robillard said.
The homes will all be one-bedroom units with a kitchen and bathroom, encompassing about 700 square feet each. The building will include some common areas.
Robillard said the new housing will be for the clients of Miami Valley Housing Opportunities.
“They are removing a blighted structure,” Robillard said. “There’s a significant number of Kettering residents that go homeless every year. This project will help and assist … the overall problem in Montgomery County of people that do go homeless or are in desperate need for housing.”
Robillard said construction is expected to take a year, and no building permits have been issued yet.
Katie Duchnowski, who owns a home in Kettering, said she doesn’t think a low-income housing project will impact her property value.
“I think it gives the people a better opportunity to live in a better neighborhood,” Duchnowski said. “There’s quite a bit of older folks living around, they might not see it as a good thing. .”
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