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Cleveland Heights redevelopment moves forward

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Cleveland Heights

An artist’s rendering shows the townhouse-style apartments planned for the Cleveland Heights site.

The Newark Housing Authority has received the city’s approval to redevelop Cleveland Heights, a project that has been several years in the making.

On Monday night, council unanimously approved the request to demolish the existing buildings on the Cleveland Avenue site, which have sat vacant since 2008, in order to build 13 three-story, townhouse-style buildings with a total of 56 apartments to be known as Alder Creek.

The 6.77 acres at McKees Lane and Cleveland Avenue was rezoned from single family detached residential (RS) to multi-family dwellings — garden apartments (RM) and will include a 3,500-square-foot community building to be used as an after school daycare, laundry facility and activity center for residents.

The project is being funded by $11.5 million in federal tax credits.

For two days last month, NHA opened its waiting list to applicants looking to live in the low-incoming housing, and Executive Director Marene Jordan said more than 400 families applied.

Applicants are given housing based on the number of bedrooms needed and the time spent on the waiting list, but prospective tenants must meet income eligibility requirements.

The plan is for tenants to begin moving in by spring 2015, with all units occupied by the end of the 2015.

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