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Dutch Ridge apartments to get facelift

April 16, 2008
By PAMELA BRUST, pbrust@newsandsentinel. com
PARKERSBURG – Wood County commissioners agreed Monday not to oppose efforts of the management construction firm that owns the Dutch Ridge apartment complex to apply for funding to renovate the units.

The Woda Development Construction Management firm based in Westerville, Ohio, owns the Dutch Ridge apartments at West Virginia 47 and Dutch Ridge Extension.

The apartment complex was built 15 years ago using funds through the West Virginia Housing Development Fund in the form of tax credits and a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Agency loan, according to Tom Simons, vice president with the Woda..

The apartment complex is a low-income housing tax credit program property.

“We are going to reapply this year for acquisition rehabilitation credits for Dutch Ridge. It would be renamed Boreman Greene. As part of that application process, you have to come to the government agency in the area where the property lies and ask for support, or at least no opposition for our funding efforts, and that government entity is you,” Simons told the county officials.

“We wouldn’t just slap on some paint and cut the grass, we do a full rehabilitation effort. We are looking to increase square footage, install new cabinets, paint, interior, exterior, install new carpeting, put on new roofing, siding, etc. It’s a full rehab. They will look like brand new apartments. The application is due April 30,” he said.

Simons said the group will be competing for the funding with developers all across the state.

“There is no guarantee we’ll get funding, but we are going to try,” he said.

Simons said the agency has about 60 housing complexes, about 4,000 units, throughout West Virginia and Ohio .

“Dutch Ridge was the first one we built. We have since constructed and managed these other units,” he said.

Simons said the unit would remain a low-income housing community, it would just get a facelift if the firm’s application is successful.

There are three buildings on the property, including a laundry facility and maintenance building. There are a total of 24 residential rental units in the complex. The structures consists of two 2-story buildings with stacked flats and a 1-story flat garden-style building. The complex sits on approximately 2 acres.

The commissioners voted unanimously to support the project.

“I would also suggest you contact West Virginia University at Parkersburg. There has got to be a demand for apartments in that area, and it’s so close to the college,” commission President Bob Tebay said. ”They would probably be willing to do some sort of a survey there on the campus to determine the needs, since you are so close to the college anyway.”

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Photo by Jeff Baughan
The Dutch Ridge Place apartments are located on Dutch Ridge Road along West Virginia 47.



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