A Friday groundbreaking was held by the Zion Community Development Corporation for renovation of a home at 289 Lincoln St.
The interior of the approximately 1,500-square-foot, wood-framed home will be completely renovated and made energy efficient, said Alan Mitchell, Zion executive director.Work on the exterior began in August.
Mitchell said the house, vacant since 2012, was bought by Zion in 2014. Zion helped new homeowner Rachel Gallion obtain a $130,000 loan to buy and renovate the home.
The renovation, part of efforts to reduce blight and promote clean energy and home ownership, is expected to be completed by Aug. 1.
Zion plans to build or renovate 30 homes in the next three or four years, Mitchell said.
“This is one groundbreaking of many in the upcoming months and years,” David Sonner, Zion board of directors president, told Gallion. “The affordable green housing initiative is going to make a difference in Oberlin and you’re part of it.”
Evan Goodenow | Oberlin News-Tribune Pictured are Lamar Gallion, Zion board of directors president David Sonner, Zion treasurer Dennis Mavrich, Kennedy Alston, Rachel Gallion, Zion vice president Robert Smith, and Zion executive director Alan Mitchell.