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Cutting the Ribbon on a $10.7 Million Senior Housing Renovation in Gahanna

11/20/2018 | Recent News

With the quick snip from some oversized scissors by Gahanna Mayor Thomas Kneeland and Stygler resident Edward Kirkling, the $10.7 million renovation of Stygler Village in Gahanna was officially complete and it was time to celebrate. Project crews finished the major overhaul of the 4-story, 150-unit building, situated in a Gahanna neighborhood at 140 Imperial Drive, in less than two years.

This senior independent housing community, originally built in 1977, was our first affordable senior housing community financed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Stygler Village also was the first property the organization used Low-Income Housing Tax Credit funds to pay for a renovation about a decade ago. A second round of LIHTC funds were used to pay for the current renovation.  

“With 10,000 seniors retiring every day until 2030, Stygler Village is a great example of why it’s important to reinvest in affordable housing properties so we can continue serving today’s residents, as well as the next generation,” said Ricketts. “In addition, we’re helping seniors in our buildings and in their own homes connect with services such as transportation and health care so they can stay home for life.”

The renovations included new appliances, flooring and fresh paint in all of the resident units. New common spaces were added on the first floor, along with opening up the lobby to make it more inviting to visitors. Other changes involved adding medical suites, expanding the exercise room and updating the laundry room, as well as the outdoor patio space.

About 80 seniors and local dignitaries attended today’s ceremony including Tom Slemmer, the first property manager of Stygler Village and former president and CEO of National Church Residences. Before his retirement, Slemmer was instrumental in securing funds for the renovation of Stygler Village.

Mayor Kneeland and the City Council of Gahanna were big supporters of the renovations, as well as the new construction project set to begin in 2019. National Church Residences is pleased to announce that it has secured control of four acres in Gahanna to build market rate apartments for middle-income seniors. More details about this project will be made available in the coming months.

With the holidays getting underway this week, the staff and residents at Stygler Village collected canned and dry goods to give back to the community through the local food pantry. As part of today’s ceremony, Program Director Beth Bentley of Gahanna Residents in Need (GRIN), received the donation to provide holiday assistance at their store, located at 165 Granville Street in Gahanna.

National Church Residences would like to recognize and thank the partners who made the Stygler Village renovation project possible. Financial partners include, the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, National Affordable Housing Trust, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Fifth Third Bank, and Red Capital Group. Development partners include, the Ruscilli Construction Company and Berardi + Partners.  

About National Church Residences

National Church Residences serves more than 42,000 seniors through its array of housing and health care services. The not-for-profit organization is driven by a vision of advancing better living for all seniors, enabling them to remain home for life. With 310 communities in 25 states and Puerto Rico, it is the nation’s largest not-for-profit provider of affordable senior housing and the largest manager of service coordinators. It also offers residential senior communities, home and community-based services, and permanent supportive housing for the formerly homeless and disabled. For more information, visit