Commons at West Village (Emerald Alliance VIII)

Location: Cleveland, OH 44103
Type: Affordable | Multi-Family | LIHTC
Construction Cost: $8.8 Million
Square Footage: 54,496 GSF
Number of Units: 66
Completed: November 2016
Client: Cleveland Housing Network (CHN)
Architect: Berardi + Partners, Inc.

The Commons at West Village, part of Cuyahoga County's Housing First Initiative, offers permanent supportive housing with on-site services, ranging from job skill training to health care, for residents. Positioned on the western edge of the Detroit Shoreway Arts District, it plays a key role in pushing the boundaries of neighborhood revitalization and fostering a diverse, mixed-income community.

Providing 66 fully furnished one-bedroom apartments for chronic homeless individuals and 25 for veterans, the Commons is primarily funded through LIHTC, supplemented by HOME funds, Federal Home Loan Bank's Affordable Housing Program, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, local Continuum of Care, and other grants.

The building meets Universal Design Principles, and features a community room, computer lab, 24-hour on-site front desk staff, and state-of-the-art security cameras. Notably, it is the first building in Cleveland to employ the Urban Form Overlay, emphasizing pedestrian-oriented design, enhancing architectural character, and prioritizing public safety.

The community room is open to neighborhood residents, with thoughtful placement of amenities like laundry rooms and mailboxes to encourage socialization. Dedicated spaces are provided for on-site and visiting service providers.

The Commons at West Village received the prestigious 2017 President's Award from the National Development Council.