Mayor Cyril Kleem
The City of Berea is pleased to be working with Realtor Susie Colvin of Howard Hanna Realty to market the new home on Longfellow Drive built with a Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant.
The original home and a garage on the property were razed by the County Land Bank at no cost to the city. The house had been vacant since August 2012. The $200,000 federal grant allowed the city to purchase the home and then construct a new house on the lot. Proceeds from the sale of the new house will be used to buy yet another distressed property and replace it with another new house. The continuing process will expand our rehabilitation efforts in the North End of Berea and increase the value of our housing stock.
The house at 747 Longfellow has four bedrooms, 2 ½ baths and a full basement. Asking price is $199,000. Buyers must meet income eligibility requirements.
The contractor and the Realtor were selected through the bid process. Design was by Design Visions Inc. The builder was Colony Builders.
The entire neighborhood will benefit from this project. An eyesore has been replaced with an attractive new home. The City of Berea also benefits. The new owners will be paying property and income taxes and contributing to our community. As the program continues, it will enhance an area of Berea hard hit by the foreclosure crisis.