LIMA — Ground was broken Tuesday for an 1,800-square-foot house that will help three developmentally disabled men.
“The state [of Ohio] has been downsizing developmental centers for quite a while, which meant there was a need for additional housing,” said Jana McVetta, director of quality and support with Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
In 2016, the board applied for community capital assistance funds from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and received approval for up to $325,000 or 90 percent of the total project costs.
LODDI, Inc., the non-profit housing corporation serving individuals with developmental disabilities, is in partnership with the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities in getting the home built.
“We are so excited to get this project underway and look forward to the day we can open the front door of this home, to serve and support three young men of this community,” said McVetta.
This project is a new venture for the organization.
“The board of DD has never built a home from scratch. We own homes through our non-profit housing corporation, but this will be our first brand new build, so we’re really excited about it,” said Theresa Schnipke, superintendent of the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
The home will be designed for those with disabilities in mind.
“It’s going to help individuals with disabilities that have specialized needs in Autism. It’s going to have some special features to the home that will give them a very healthy and safe place to live,” said Schnipke.
Construction on the empty lot in the 1200 block of East North Street will begin soon.
Lancia Signature Homes out of Fort Wayne, Indiana will be building the home.
The home that was originally at the location was torn down through the Allen County Land Bank program.
It’s hoped the home could be ready for occupancy sometime next spring, however, there are some hurdles left to clear.
“Now the process is underway for approvals and such with the City of Lima to get this house built,” said McVetta.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.