Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Rental Rehabilitation Program Adds Pair of Target Areas

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Rental Rehabilitation Program Adds Pair of Target Areas

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The city of Oklahoma City's Rental Rehabilitation Program has added two new target areas to the program in an effort to ensure federal money allocated to it will be spent in Oklahoma City, according to Mike Joyce, who heads the program for the city.

The project was allocated $651,000 by the federal government and of that, almost $280,000 has been allocated. Joyce said about $371,000 remains to be spent and "we want to do this as quickly as possible so the money doesn't go back to the feds," Joyce said.

The federally-funded program helps lower-income families by increasing the supply of up-to-standard apartments in neighborhoods where lower-income families can generally afford to rent.

Under the program, the city provides deferred loans for 50 percent of the cost of rehabilitation, with a maximum of $5,000 per average rental unit. Federal tax benefits may also be available to qualified property owners.

Property owners who wish to take advantage of the program must submit applications and agree to bring the property into full compliance with all rehabilitation standards.

The project currently includes a total of six Oklahoma City areas which are:

- Paseo Neighborhood - bounded by Western Ave., NW 30th St., Robinson Ave., and NW 23rd St.

- State Capitol Neighborhood - bounded by Lindsey Ave., NE 27th St., Kelly Ave., and NE 14th St.

- Robinson/Santa Fe Neighborhood - bounded by Robinson Ave., northwest of 36th St., Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad tracks and NW 10th St.

- North Capitol Hill Neighborhood - bounded by Western Ave., SW 22nd St., Shields Blvd., and SW 29th St.

- Kelly/King Neighborhood - bounded by Kelly Ave., NE 23rd. St., Martin Luther King Blvd., and NE 36th St.

- East Gatewood Neighborhood - bounded by Blackwelder Ave., NW 10th St., Western Ave., and NW 30th St.

To ensure that a fair share of the program's funds are used to rehabilitate family housing, preference will be given to projects which at least 70 percent two-bedroom units.

The Oklahoma City Housing Authority will issue Section 8 housing assistance to qualified tenants who live in units undergoing rehabilitation. Help in finding apprepriate alternative housing is alsoavailable from the authority.

Rental Rehabilitation proposal packets are available through February in the Grants Management Department in city hall.

About two dozen honor students from Putnam City North High School will join the Oklahoma City Symphony Orchestra in a special concert Feb. 20 dedicating the new North Center forPerforming Arts.

The North with the Symphony Concert is slated for 7:30 p.m., at the school which is located at 11800 N. Rockwell Ave.

Joel Levine conducts the symphony in a medley of Irving Berlin pieces and Benjamin Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.

Following intermission, the students join the professional musicians for the first movement of Beethoven's Third Symphony, von Suppe's Poet and Peasant Overture and the famous 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky. …

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