February 2, 2014
Last week Galion City Council approved a letter of support for a funding request to rehabilitate the Galion East Apartments. Millenia Housing Management, Ltd., the company that owns the complex, is applying to the Ohio Housing Finance Agency to fund the project.
As a followup, the Inquirer contacted the Cleveland-based company to find out more about what is planned for the rehabilitation.
Greg Burbaum, a spokesman for Millenia, said the company intends to renovate ten of the properties it owns, including Galion East. The company specializes in renovations for multi-unit properties.
“Millenia and the local manager are both very excited about the project,” Burbaum commented.
He explained all of the apartments at Galion East will receive total upgrades, especially with kitchens and bathrooms, and a few of the units will be retrofitted to be handicap accessible. Also, any old appliances, like refrigerators and stoves, will be replaced.
In addition, Burbaum reported the manager’s office will be completely torn down because the building is too small and does meet the needs of residents. A new community building will be constructed, with space for community events and will even feature a fitness center.
They will also add community gardens, a walking path and gazebos to the property and completely redo the landscaping. The parking lot will be repaved as well.
According to Burbaum, the hard number for the cost of the project is $1-1.5 million. If OHFA does not approve the funding, he said they will do some major repair work regardless and apply for funding again during the next funding cycle.
However, Burbaum was 98 percent sure that the project will receive state funding. “We are very grateful for the local support. OHFA always looks at that, so it’s very helpful, more helpful than the city even realizes.”