housing development

City of Tiffin releases results of housing study

Report finds market for up to 450 new housing units in area

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 25, 2019 – In order to determine the kind of housing needed and attract developers to the area, the City of Tiffin has released the results of a months-long housing study. The report, “Tiffin Housing Opportunities Analysis,” is based on analyses of the housing market within the Tiffin market, area demographics, and a survey to existing and potential residents. Housing site opportunities also were identified through multiple field trips to the Tiffin area to review sites and interview local stakeholders.

The study was conducted by Dublin, Ohio-based DiSalvo Development Advisors (DDA), funded by the City of Tiffin and managed by Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership. It is DDA’s opinion that in the next three years a market exists for 330 to 450 new housing units in the Tiffin area. Eight potential development site examples were identified.

According to DDA, the Tiffin market represents one of the most underserved housing markets in Northwest Ohio. The lack of rental and for-sale housing development has resulted in an extreme shortage of housing that prevents prospective homeowners and renters from moving into the area. Growth in the labor pool and spending power for the local businesses is constrained without available housing. Among 18 rental properties surveyed, only two units were vacant. At the time of this writing, there were just 30 homes listed for sale (above $50,000) that were not pending, and no condominiums were listed for sale.

Also as part of the study, an online housing survey was responded to by 600 people in March and April 2019. Of the 600 respondents, 496 (82.7 percent) indicated that they or a family member work in Tiffin. Eight out of 10 respondents indicated parkland was the most important amenity proximate to a residence for owners and renters. Proximity to retail and workplace were the second and third most important amenities.

The survey also showed that eight of every 10 respondents indicated they were very or extremely familiar

with the business offerings in downtown Tiffin. Respondents were asked to choose their top three businesses/venues they would like to see, which were a bakery, indoor farmer’s market and a family recreation venue (e.g. arcade, bowling, movies, etc.). It is important to note that the desire by the

respondents for certain business types in the downtown does not indicate that the market will support such businesses.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “The results of this survey are clear – there is a need for new housing development in the City of Tiffin. With so many great things happening in our community, this need must be addressed if we want to see continued growth.”

To view the report, visit tiffinseneca.org and search for “Tiffin housing study” or click here.

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at http://www.tiffinseneca.com.

Tiffin Pointe housing development announced

The NRP Group is awarded $800,000 state tax credits for the $9.1M project

Tiffin PointeTIFFIN, OHIO – June 16, 2016 – Following yesterday’s announcement by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) awarding $800,000 in housing tax credits to the NRP Group, the Cleveland-based housing developer announced today that they intend to move forward with the Tiffin Pointe garden-style apartment complex project. The project will be located on 7.5 acres at 1692 West Market Street, and construction is expected to begin early next year.

The Tiffin Pointe project will feature up to 52 two-, three-, and four-bedroom units along with a Clubhouse.  The project will involve a total investment of $9.1 million, and the units will have open floor plans, multiple bathrooms, modern appliances, and security systems. The property will feature a clubhouse, picnic area, library, playground, laundry facilities, and a computer room. There will also be onsite management to oversee the property and work directly with residents to assist them in connecting with local, state, and federal resources.

In making the announcement, NRP Assistant Developer Mary Hada praised the community, saying “Tiffin has been one of the easiest communities to work in, and we hope to do future projects here. We are excited that this development will provide additional quality affordable housing and meet a large community need.” The project was one of 40 to receive tax credits out of 92 applicants and is still contingent on receiving a local Community Reinvestment Area tax exemption. NRP plans on applying for that program in the near future.

NRP is also required to create, fund and implement a relocation assistance plan to help any involuntarily displaced residents of the current Westgate Mobile Home Park, which is located on part of the site and has 16 units. The plan will be funded by $50,000 in pledged developer fees and will be reviewed and approved by the Seneca County Family and Children First Council as well as WSOS Community Action.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was very pleased by the news. “We’re firing on all cylinders right now, with industrial, retail, downtown, and now residential development booming as well. And the best part is, we are improving the quality of life for all Tiffin residents and putting measures in place to ensure everyone affected will be supported.”

About the NRP Group

The NRP Group, LLC is located in Cleveland, OH and has won national awards for their multifamily housing projects. In 2014 they were named Multifamily Development Firm of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders and in 2015 ranked 9th best in the country by the National Multifamily Housing Council. The NRP Group, LLC owns and manages their properties after construction, ensuring quality will be maintained over time.

About SIEDC

Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.