$4.1M Seneca Place development helping revitalize Austinburg neighborhood of Covington

It has been a half-century since the last new housing units were built in the Covington neighborhood of Austinburg.  But following a lot of hard work and dedication to turning that neighborhood around, local leaders are celebrating a new $4.1 million development called Seneca Place.

Seneca Place has already sold two model homes and developers are working on eight additional homes, with more to come after that if the land can be secured.  Homes range in price from $149,900 to $190,000.

The development is being built to LEED Gold standards that are energy star rated, tremendously well insulated, and feature hybrid heating systems.  These "green" finishes are expected to save the homeowner on utility costs, which will average around $100 a month for each of the homes.

Buyers have two floor plans to choose form that are both three bedroom with two and a half baths, with off-street parking.  Once the decision has been made to make the investment, homes can be built from start to finish in a short 12 weeks.

The Center for Great Neighborhoods views Seneca Place as a great asset for the Austinburg neighborhood.  "If you like urban living with all of its conveniences, and want the ease of new construction, then this project is for you."

The development is part of a larger effort to revitalize Austinburg.  Officials note that the target area was carefully selected by residents and local officials alike.  The actual investment was made possible by a $100,000 acquisition loan and a $500,000 revolving loan provided by LISC.

The two- and three-story homes are located in the block bounded by Thomas Street, Oakland Avenue, E. 17th Street, and Eastern Avenue (map).  To schedule a walk through or find additional information please call (859) 578-4966.

Writer: Randy A. Simes
Photography by Scott Beseler
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