NOAH takes on another projectEfforts are finally underway to do something about the approximately 450+ vacant homes in Galion and others in surrounding communities. Some homes are being purchased by individuals or bulk buyers looking to make large profits, but the NOAH Project is not interested in large profits, but, rather in cleaning up eyesores in the area. Su Rowles, Executive Director of The Noah Project, a nonprofit community development 501c3 corporation is announcing plans to rehabilitate several of these homes and selling them at costs below their fair market value.
A Land Bank would help to solve this situation. Land Banks were established in Ohio in 2009 and can legally take over abandoned properties that are not cared for. Land Banks have been extremely successful in cleaning up deserted properties in cities and, at times, even bulldozing these properties. However, the re-quirement to establish a Land Bank is a minimum population level of 60,000 in the county. Unfortu-nately, Crawford County only has a resident population of 43,000. This requirement may change due to the success of the program so far.
Su Rowles and Barbara Sullinger, Assistant Executive Director of The Noah Project are announcing a new program for revitalization of area homes to be known as NOAH Faith, Inc. C.A.R.E (S), (Com-munity Action Rehab-ilitation Efforts. Homes selected for future rehab will be reviewed by a team of local area professionals already assembled. The NOAH Project is the only nonprofit, Civic Commun-ity development housing organization in Crawford County certified by the State of Ohio as a community housing development organization.
Their first house is presently being purchased from Galion Building and Loan at a reasonable price. NOAH Faith, Inc. C.A.R.E (S) will be working with Home Depot, a number of local businesses and a local contractor to rehabilitate this home. Home Depot has been extremely instrumental in design work and keeping costs down while incorporating quality materials. The three bedroom ranch home will have a totally new kitchen with oak cabinets and all new appliances including a new refrigerator, stove, microwave and dishwasher. Six panel doors will replace existing ones throughout the house. All materials used will be new including tub/showers, toilets, vanities, mirrors, lights and flooring. All interior rooms will be freshly painted with carpeting and light fixtures and trim. A high-efficiency gas furnace and central air-conditioning system will keep the residents toasty warm in the winter and refreshingly cool throughout the summer. Also, a 200 amp electrical service will be installed. The exterior will have a new shingled roof (30 year warranty by the manufacturer), siding and outdoor lights, a steel front door with a storm door, a new garage door, double hung energy efficient windows, and a deck leading off the dining/family room for outdoor enjoyment. In short, this will basically be a brand new home. A buyer shouldn’t have to be concerned about maintenance or repairs for quite some time.
The result of this effort will mean that these homes will be appraised at higher values resulting in increased revenue for the county and will benefit our schools, city, police and fire departments and will enhance the values of homes surrounding these properties, a win-win situation for all.
This project is being locally funded and will be what The NOAH Project hopes to be the first of many area homes that will be rehabilitated and sold to families at reasonable prices. Local contractor Brad Gibson of IR Concepts will be doing the work. Interested parties should call The NOAH Project at 419–683-3700.