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The owners want to provide workforce housing to individuals who make less than 80 percent of the area median income (AMI) in Cincinnati because there isn't enough of it in Over-the-Rhine. Prospective renters must provide pay stubs to prove their annual income before being approved to rent. / Image: Phil Armstrong, Cincinnati Refined // Published: 2.12.20
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OTR Living For $670 per Month ? Yes, If You Make Less Than $45k a Year

A four-story apartment building at 57 E. McMicken Avenue in Over-the-Rhine with six freshly-renovated, workforce apartments plans to begin renting on March 1, 2020.

Local construction company, 8K Construction, spent over a year renovating the building and has reserved six of them specifically for residents whose income is less than $45,550 a year. The one-bedroom, one-bathroom, 500-square-foot apartments each run $670 per month. Each unit is outfitted with custom Brush Factory cabinets and counters, new solid oak floors, new windows, and compact appliances tailored to each space. Eric C. Puryear worked as the architect for the project, designing around the property's challenges to create comfortable, attractive spaces despite the building's condition when the project began.

The owners want to provide workforce housing to individuals who make less than 80% of the area median income (AMI) in Cincinnati because there isn't enough of it in Over-the-Rhine. Prospective renters must provide pay stubs to prove their annual income before being approved to rent one of the six units.

Kitchens in each apartment feature Haier fridges, 24-inch Holiday stoves, and custom Brush Factory cabinets and countertops. Compact Daikin heating and cooling units are included in every apartment, and all windows have been replaced. The bathrooms, while consistent in layout, vary in look; 8K used leftover materials from other jobs to finish them. Several bathrooms feature the same charcoal tile used in Homemakers Bar's design, while new, solid oak flooring was freshly installed in the rest of the rooms.

Not everything was replaced, though. Kunst managed the process of gathering historic tax credits, which required 8K to keep certain features, such as what remained of the wood floors in the hallways. Additionally, transom windows and secondary doors are still part of each apartment, but have been walled off and aren't accessible after the renovation.

There is a second building on the same parcel of land that is still under construction at the time of this writing. A courtyard divides both buildings, with bike racks and a one-story building that will house a communal laundry facility.

See photos of the apartments in the gallery above.

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If you or someone you know falls within the salary guidelines and would like to inquire about renting, contact info@8kconstruction.com.

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