Fay Apartments to be renamed The Villages of Roll Hill, undergo $36M renovation

Developers and city leaders kicked off a 30-month long rehabilitation project at Fay Apartments yesterday morning on the city’s west side. Once complete, the project will reduce the total number of housing units and become the largest green renovation of an affordable housing community in the United States.

In addition to a $36 million face-lift that will include the demolition of 17 buildings, the community has also been renamed The Villages of Roll Hill. At this time, city officials say that it has yet to be determined if the new community name will impact the official city neighborhood name of “Fay Apartments”, but early indications seem to indicate so.

Community leaders have been looking at rehabilitating the affordable housing community (map) for nearly five years. The latest version of the plan soon to be realized will reduce reduce the number of housing units from 893 to 703 and upgrade security measures, add new landscaping and trees, and include new playgrounds for the many children that live in the community.

The project was made possible through federal funds including a $32 million loan from the Department of Housing & Urban Development and a $3.2 million loan from City HOME. The City of Cincinnati has also granted an eight-year tax abatement on the renovation work.

Developers from Cincinnati-based Wallick-Hendy Properties are seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the project, but stated last year that the level of green improvements would be dependent upon government support.

  • Sounds like it will be a great renovation. It will be interesting to see if it will be a pioneer in how other affordable housing communities are renovated in the future.

  • adam

    Click through to the map. The Fay Apartments are structurally segregated from the rest of the city. The design precludes it from ever being integrated in any sense of the word (economically, socially, etc.).

    They described the HUD money and LEED certification correctly as a face-lift. A face-lift on a structurally flawed urban pattern is inadequate, and is throwing good money after bad.

  • Adam:

    This development is really no different from any other apartment or condominium community. They are all structurally, economically, and socially segregated from the rest of their respective environments. In the other cases this is done as an exclusionary technique, but this is also an example where the inverse is done.

    With that said, it seems highly unlikely that this community, or others like it, will be completely rebuilt in an urban context anytime soon. So while I agree with you, it also seems like it is more of an academic argument than a pragmatic one. Much more needs to be done than simply modifying this one development in order to accomplish what you and I want.

  • It’s great……..
    It will be exciting to see if it will be an initiate in how other reasonable housing communities are renovated in the prospect.