When Affordability And Preservation Collide

Affordable housing and historical preservation -- two things America's cities desperately need. Yet, conflict occasionally arises when developers are repeated sent back to the drawing board to make infill developments fit in with community character.
December 27, 2001, 8am PST | Christian Madera | @cpmadera
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"The area around Ohio State University is known for oversized apartment complexes on narrow lots shoehorned between stately, century-old brick homes and duplexes. But in recent years, a few new apartment houses have been designed to fit in. "It added to the cost of development, but I think it was money well-spent," said Bill Graver, vice president and general manager of Buckeye Real Estate. He said that Buckeye was receptive to the changes the commission requested and that the project is a good example of how conflict between the goals of historic preservation and affordable housing can be resolved. Infill, or building homes on vacant lots within a developed area, is as important in neighborhoods as affordable housing, said Randy Black, assistant city historic-preservation officer. "Affordability does not run counter to preservation."

Thanks to Christian Peralta

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Published on Wednesday, December 26, 2001 in The Columbus Dispatch
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