ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — Spire Development of Dublin, Ohio, plans to build a new 51-unit apartment complex on the east side of Liberty Street. 

The project, named Resolution Apartments, is expected to open in 2022, and will be a general occupancy housing community, offering one-to-three-bedroom apartments. Rent will be determined by income, said Jamie Vest, zoning inspector for Ashtabula Township.

The project will consist of a three-story elevator-serviced corridor building. Each unit will feature Energy Star appliances, washer/dryer hook-ups, large walk-in closets and vinyl plank flooring. The project’s common area will include a fitness center, multi-purpose room, lounge, community room with kitchenette, resident storage, laundry room and leasing/support office space, according to Spire’s website.

Township Trustee Bambi Paulchel said she’s happy to have them build in the township. 

Resolution Apartments is in a designated Appalachian and Mid-Population county; however, unlike many rural communities, the site is within walking distance to shopping, restaurants, healthcare and professional services, entertainment, employment opportunities and public schools, according to the Affordable Housing Financing Application. 

The community will be across the street and back from Ridgeview Terrace and Terra Quest apartments, which also features many amenities, such as gazebos and sidewalks. Ridgeview Terrace is a subsidized (HUD 202) 50-unit housing complex for seniors. Terra Quest, which opened in 2005, provides 18 units for physically challenged adults. 

The community received 9 percent housing tax credits from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency in 2020.

Ashtabula City Council talked about the project at Monday’s virtual meeting without objection to the development.

“We are being told by realtors and others that there is a need for affordable housing in our area,” City Council President John Roskovics said. “Hopefully this will fill part of that need.” 

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