Model Home of planned Alaska Avenue development. Photo Provided
By Dan Yount
The Cincinnati Herald
Twenty two-story homes and ranch homes are planned on the site where the formal Alaska Acres Care Center existed on Alaska Avenue in Avondale, according to designs recently presented to the Avondale Community Council.
Jodi Gregory Funke, president of Titan Real Estate Group of Covington, Kentucky, lead developer and general contractor, said site development should begin in the spring, and the project completion date is planned for mid 2022.
The development at 3584 Alaska Ave. will be in collaboration with Avondale Development Corporation and the City of Cincinnati to increase home ownership in Avondale.
Goals established by the developer are to provide new high-quality housing options for Avondale families; provide accessible homes to support the disabled and senior residents; work with Web Ventures to provide MBE/WBE subcontractors at a goal of 25% inclusion; make Avondale a viable housing option for the more than 60,000 employees who travel to the Uptown area daily, and connect Alaska and Harvey with a new street.
Construction work will be respectful of residential neighbors along Alaska Avenue, according to a set of guidelines provided by the developers. Construction hours will be Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday/Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Titan Real Estate Group was founded by Funke and Archie Searp, chief operating officer, in 2010. Titan is a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) and a Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB), certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.
The development team includes Avondale Development Corporation, co-developer; Kenneth Bowerman, architect; KDH Consulting Engineers, civil engineer; Spring Valley Bank, mortgage banker and underwriter; and Aronoff, Rosen & Hunt, LPA, documents and real estate counsel.
In 2013, National Church Residences proposed building a complex to help house homeless and the disabled on the site that would have been known as the Commons at Alaska. It would have sat on Alaska Avenue and have 99 units that would have provided permanent, supportive multi-family housing. However, outcries from residents in neighboring single-family homes eventually forced National Church Residences to withdraw the proposal.