Ohio State Government and Public Real Estate News

TOLEDO – April 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Congresswoman Kaptur (OH-9) and Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins announced a federal award for environmental infrastructure improvements in the Cullen Park area of the Point Place neighborhood.

The $500,000 award from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) will be used on various “green” initiatives such as rain gardens, wetlands and bioswales to mitigate the negative impact on water quality from urban runoff. more »

COLUMBUS – April 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) Board approved more than $1.4 million through the Housing Development Assistance Program (HDAP) to provide flexible, low-interest financing for affordable housing developments across the state. Funding for HDAP comes from the federal HOME program and the Ohio Housing Trust Fund (OHTF). more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 17, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Forest City Land Development and Collinwood BioEnergy have received a covenant not to sue under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program (VAP), after investigating the Water Tower Park property, 948 East 140th Street, Cleveland.

The 24.61-acre property previously was used by General Motors Corporation for the Fisher body Plant beginning in 1921. In World War II, the plant produced aircraft gun, fuselage and tank parts for B-29 aircraft. After the war, the plant was used to produce large stamping dies, inside door panels, seats and cloth and vinyl interiors for automobiles with production ending in 1983. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 7, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, announced new federal housing resources available to residents in Ashtabula County as part of the 2014 Farm Bill implementation. Changes to the “rural area definition” used by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will expand eligibility for rural housing programs for residents in northeast Ohio. more »

Brown Worked with Ohio Realtors and Held Events in Cleveland, Toledo, and Youngstown to Urge Extension of Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act, Which Would Prevent a Mortgage Modification or Short Sale as Being Treated as Taxable Income

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 7, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today helped pass provisions of the Mortgage Forgiveness Tax Relief Act, legislation aimed at relieving homeowners of the requirement to pay taxes on mortgage debt forgiveness resulting from mortgage modifications, or short sales. The provision was included in the Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act, which passed the Senate Finance Committee today. Brown worked with Ohio realtors and held events in Cleveland, Toledo, and Youngstown to urge extension of the vital tax credit, which expired on December 31. more »

COLUMBUS – April 2, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) proudly joins the nation in observing April as Fair Housing Month. OHFA’s celebration, “Justice for All,” marks the 46th anniversary of the act, which provides equal access to affordable housing for all regardless of race, color, nationality, familial and military status, disability or ancestry. more »

COLUMBUS – March 24, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) has been awarded $560,451 through the National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling (NFMC) program to continue the availability of foreclosure counseling and prevention services. more »

Washington, D.C. – March 3, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Congressman Tim Ryan announced nearly $650,000 in successful grant approvals today awarded for both Neighborhood Development Services in Ravenna and the East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation Inc. Neighborhood Development Services was awarded $572,500 in grant funds, and East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation Inc. was awarded $176,000 in grant funds. NeighborhoodWorks America has awarded these grants in order to create opportunities for people to obtain affordable housing, improving their lives and strengthening the communities in which they reside. more »

Washington, D.C. – March 3, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) today released the following statement in a monthly series highlighting Washington’s wasteful spending during a time of record debt and deficits:

Last fall, a prominent Democrat lawmaker told CNN there is no more waste in the federal budget left to cut. Yet merely strolling federal buildings is sometimes all it takes to discover government waste. more »

COLUMBUS – March 3, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) today announced the recipients of a program designed to help prevent foreclosures and stabilize local property values through the demolition of vacant and blighted homes across the state. Eleven counties with established land banks were awarded a portion of more than $49.5 million available through the first funding round of the Neighborhood Initiative Program (NIP). more »

Lucas, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Medina and Wayne Counties Get Funding

COLUMBUS – February 20, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) Board of Directors yesterday awarded more than $2.6 million through the Housing Development Assistance Program (HDAP) to provide flexible, low-interest financing for affordable housing developments across the state. Funding for HDAP comes from the federal HOME program and the Ohio Housing Trust Fund (OHTF). more »

DELAWARE, Ohio – February 20, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced a lawsuit against Home Remedy Center of Newport Beach, California, for failure to deliver and failure to provide refunds for its home loan modification service. Attorney General DeWine seeks consumer restitution, injunctive relief, and civil penalties. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following column discussing House Republicans’ continued focus on jobs and the economy:

“People are tired of the ‘new normal’ in the Obama Economy, which includes slow economic growth, not enough new jobs, and low wages for people who are trying to make a decent living. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 17, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Ohio EPA will hold a public information session at 6 p.m. on Weds., Feb. 19, 2014, to discuss the city of Hamilton’s application for an urban setting designation (USD) for the former Niles Tool Works property. The meeting will take place at the Butler County General Service Building, first floor conference room, 315 High Street, Hamilton. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 17, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — A Cincinnati-area brownfield is ready for redevelopment after undergoing an investigation and remediation through Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program (VAP), thanks to the voluntary efforts of Garrett Wood LLC, Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. and the village of Woodlawn. more »

 
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