Developer Nick Johnson plans new, market-rate housing in the West End

Developer Nick Johnson plans new, market-rate housing in the West End

BOC Development plans a $2.7 million project, with five new three-story townhomes on six existing vacant lots in the southeast corner of Freeman Avenue and Findlay Street at 1722-1730 Freeman Ave.

“One thing we hope to accomplish is bring a balance in our community. The kids that I coach, I want them to see a different side of life, other than blight,” said Nick Johnson, managing partner with BOC Development. “I want them to see income. I want them to see people who have advanced their lifestyles. I want them to see people who work hard at their living, versus the norm – guys hanging on the corner.”

“When approved, this will be the first time in almost two decades that new market-rate housing will be constructed in the West End,” the developer said in a statement.

Johnson and his partner, Robert Sanders, a former Port of Greater Cincinnati Development official who is the principal at Sanders Development Group, plans to build dozens of other townhomes and houses in the West End and work on the Lafayette Bloom School conversion.

The 2,200-square-foot units likely will sell in the high $600,000 range, Johnson said, and have three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms. Johnson plans to seek Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification for the townhomes.

“We’ve chosen an area that’s away from the ruckus and around older residents,” Johnson said. “The residents there need to see the future before they leave. This is what our community is asking for.”

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