The Coshocton County Beacon December 4, 2019 - Page 6

Heritage Apartments renovations almost complete By Josie Sellers Josie Sellers | Beacon Josie Sellers | Beacon For the first time in 49 years, the Heritage Apartments on North Street are being completely updated on the inside and outside. for a part-time social services employee. of a person’s income and is Section 8 Housing. The first “Our goal is for this employee to become a partner for step to becoming a resident is completing a pre-appli- our tenants, someone who can help them obtain jobs, cation. Individuals are then placed on a waiting list and work on resumes and hopefully put trainings on,” Secrest contacted when units become available. At that time an said. “We want it to be someone our residents are com- applicant’s income and assets are verified and a back- fortable to talk to.” ground check is obtained. If all guidelines are met, a Those who were living in the apartments were relocated move in date is then scheduled. on site while renovations were being done and apartments “We do a one year lease and then annual recertifica- were not filled if people left any time during the process. tion,” Secrest said. “We process interim changes in jobs “The tenants that were here before love the new renova- and families too.” tions,” Secrest said. Applications can be picked up at the office located at 1520 They have 12 units left to complete, which will be North St. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through completed before Dec. 31, but are ready to welcome new Friday. The complex features one, two and three bedroom residents to the complex. units. For more information, call 740-622-1412, or you can Rent at the Heritage Apartments is based on 30 percent contact Tara Secrest directly at 740-622-9801 ext. 1022. COSHOCTON – For the first time in 49 years, the Heritage Apartments located at 1520 North St. in Coshocton, are being completely renovated. The 52 units of multi-family affordable housing were built in 1970 and acquired by Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Com- munity Action Commission in 2000. At that time Kno- Ho-Co did a modest renovation and has kept up with routine repairs and replacements, but the property has largely remained as constructed. That, however, changed after Kno-Ho-Co was awarded tax credits in July 2017 and then started a complete renovation in January 2019. “They were built in 1970 and were definitely showing it,” said Tara Secrest, housing co-director. “One unit had multiple layers of tile just in the kitchen area. It was defi- nitely time for a facelift.” All of the apartments have been remodeled inside and outside. They all now have central air conditioning and all have energy efficient appliances. Each unit will also have a small storage unit as well. There are six fully handicap accessible one floor unit plans and two one floor sensory units for residents who are visually or hearing impaired. “We have also added a half bath to our three bedroom units. This was a great added feature for those with larger families.” Secrest said. An updated laundry facility was completed and a newly constructed community building was built. The com- munity building will house the leasing office, as well as provide a place for trainings and a general location for residents to have a common place to get together. The previous leasing office will become an office space Affordable Housing Head Start 330-674-9100 740-622-1412 Family Planning Emergency Services & Shelters & Health Services 740-622-9801 740-622-2829 Home Energy Assistance (HEAP) Senior Services 740-622-9801 740-622-4852 Weatherization Dental Clinic & Energy Efficiency 419-289-4957 740-622-9801 Making our service area a better place to live. 6 THE BEACON DECEMBER 4, 2019