HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDNT) - The Fort McKinley neighborhood in Harrison Township kicked off efforts to improve the neighborhood Monday by holding a ribbon cutting ceremony for 25 Energy Star Homes.
The families selected for the Fort McKinley Homes Project will pay rent structured to be affordable to households earning 50% of the area median income and will start out at less than $600 per month; any increases will be restricted based on increases to area median income. All homes meet the Energy Star rating requirements and have received certification from the Enterprise Green Communities Program and are expected to be completed by April 2013.
The project really got going when Ginghamsburg Church came into the area. "We began to dream about what God could do for this community. We began to hear from our neighbors that housing was a major issue in this community," said executive Pastor of the Ginghamsburg Church David Hood.
The Neighborhood Stablitzation Program awarded the township $3 million of federal stimulus money for the project. Other groups contributed including: The Fort McKinley Homes Program, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Ohio Housing Finance Agency, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, Montgomery County, COUNTY CORP, Oberer Residential Construction, Ltd., The Oberer Thompson Company, Ginghamsburg Church/The New Path, Inc., Harrison Township and KeyBank.
Riverside residents met with the Ohio EPA and Ohio Department of Health after concerns of toxic chemicals could be polluting their homes.
The Darke County Sheriff's Office was busy responding to several weather-related crashes Tuesday night. Deputies say many of the main roads are clear but most of the secondary streets are caked in ice and snow.
2 NEWS has confirmed Deb Piotrowski will leave her position with Xenia Community Schools.
Bobby Smith, 20, of Miami Township was found dead in front of an apartment building in the 1300 block of Camphill Way around 12:15 a.m.
A plan to build a $22-million dollar sports complex next door to the new music center was approved at Tuesday night's Huber Heights City Planning Commission meeting.