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Renovated Bellefontaine Manor dedicated (Audio included)

An eight-month housing project on the city's east side culminated Thursday afternoon.

Local and state officials hosted a ribbon cutting at the newly refurbished Bellefontaine Manor on Lakewood Drive (between Hyland Hills Plaza and Fred Carter Park).

The 40-unit senior housing development opened in the late 70s.

The Douglas Company from Holland (near Toledo) was the general contractor and Buckeye Community Hope Foundation from Columbus was the developer.

The $2.3 million project was a partnership between Logan-Belle Home and Neighborhood Development and Buckeye Community Hope Foundation.

Construction forced residents to relocate until their respective units were rehabbed. Many of the residents watched the dedication.

The project was funded through the Ohio Housing Finance Agency's Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program and Housing Development Assistance Program. The Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing provided loans.

Logan-Belle Hand Executive Director Gail Clark (pictured) was the emcee. Other guest speakers included Adam Brannon, Bellefontaine Mayor; Dustin Wickersham, Logan County Commissioner; Dave Duff, Logan-Belle Hand Board Member; Roy Lowenstein, Buckeye Community Hope Foundation; Sean Thomas, Ohio Housing Finance Agency; and John Kircher, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing.

Clark said the rehabbed units offer more open space, laminate flooring in the living room, a front porch, and handicap ramps outside each residence.

Listen to Clark recap the dedication.

Hear Mayor Brannon explain how the housing project helps our community.

Many guests walked through one of the new units.

47 people live in the complex.

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