Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) Tax AbatementThe City of Xenia offers real property tax abatements for the construction, expansion or remodeling of homes and businesses in designated areas. This program is administered by the Planning and Zoning Department. Click here to learn more!
Community Housing Improvement ProgramThe CHIP Program, which offers housing grants and loans to income-eligible homeowners living within the City of Xenia, Ohio was offered by a partnership with the Greene County Community Development Department and the City of Xenia. This grant is now closed.
The Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) is designed to provide low-moderate income homeowners (and sometimes renters) by Greene County for the the City of Xenia. Previously administered by the City of Xenia Community Development/Neighborhood Services of the City, in 2014 Greene County partnered with the City to provide Xenia residents with grant and loan funds to help them complete owner-occupied property rehabilitation and home repairs. Owners had to be income- qualified as earning no more than 80% of the area median income in Xenia to be considered. The CHIP funding comes to Greene County through a competitive grant between the County and the Ohio Development Services Agency. The 2014 CHIP grant resulted in 7 Xenia households receiving Rehabilitation assistance totalling $204,091 (HOME) in assistance, (approximately $29,000 per household in rehabilitation) and 15 households sharing in $117,340 in home rehabilitation grants (approximately $7,800 per household in repairs). The rehab was provided to homeowners in the form of grants and loans, some of the loans forgiveable. Those funds are no longer available under the 2014 Grant.
In June 2018, the City partnered with Greene County Community Development to submit a grant for a second shared Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) housing program to offer grants and loans for owner-occupied property rehabilitation and home repair within the City of Xenia AND within the County outside the City. If awarded, the City and Greene County will receive notice of award in the fall of 2018, and grants and loans will be advertised to the public likely after January 2019. Check this site for further developments, or contact Greene County Development website at https://greenecountydod.org/community-development/#chip to learn about the waiting list after the anticipated Determination due by 10/01/18.
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Formula Allocation
Every two years the City is eligible for approximately $150,000 over two years in Community Development Block Grant Allocation (CDBG). The City works with community groups, building owners, neighborhood associations, and internal city staff to identify eligible projects for the city's low- and moderate-income residents. Eligible projects must meet the national objectives of the CDBG program as well as meet the city's long- and short-term plans including the 5-year capital improvement plan. The city applied for a 2018 CDBG Allocation Grant in June 2018 to complete curbs, apron drives and handicapped sidewalk ramps along W. Second Street from Massie to Progress Drive. If funded, work will likely occur in 2019. The next round of funding for CDBG Allocation is 2020.
Downtown Planning and Tier 1 Grant
The Community Development Department continues to work with downtown businesses and building owners to help them access funding to rehabilitate distressed commercial buildings downtown, to revitalize and rebuild the historic downtown core, and help bring economic opportunity to the downtown. In the past the city has helped the downtown with a planning process that later resulted in substantial grants and loans through the State of Ohio's Department of Development/Office of Housing and Community Partnerships. The State and the City offer a variety of loans and occasional grants when plans and partnerships are in place.
Design Assistance Program (DAP) Matching Grants for historic downtown buildings
Good design = good development. With that belief, the City of Xenia has offered 3 different rounds of funding to downtown building owners to hire qualified historic architects to help them development concept plans, master plans, and in some cases, develop full construction drawings on important building rehabs downtown. In 2011, 8 owners received $2500 each to do facade concept drawings; of those 8 grants, seven buildings received minor to extensive facade improvement upgrades representing over $500,000 in private and public investment. In 2014, 3 owners received matching funding to complete a Master Building plan, exterior facade design assistance, and a concept plan for upper story rehabilitation. From that $38,000 in matching grants, over $2 million in projects have been completed or funded including the Toward Independence master plan which gave birth to one bistro, Coffee Hub, and extensive interior rehab including a new elevator within 81/87 E. Main Street/Toward Independence, and a concept design to adaptively reuse the upper two floors into five units of housing above the Xenia Shoe and Leather Building (known as the historic Litt Brothers building) at 21 E. Main Street. The Xenia Shoe and Leather/Litt Brothers Building is the recipient of a HOPE VI-Main Street grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to spur economic development through housing in small historic downtowns like Xenia, Ohio. The Xenia Shoe and Leather/Litt Brothers building has also been awarded historic tax credits by the State of Ohio in December 2016. (Round 17). Read more about HOPE VI-Main Street. None of these projects would likely have come to fruition without good plans that attracted private and public funders.
DAP 2018 - Heartened by the great return of public funding versus public and private dollars attracted to well designed downtown building concepts, the City offered a third round of DAP in April 2018. Approximately $26,000 in downtown city funding was awarded to two owners of 3 historic buildings downtown, the Eavey building at 17 W. Third Street, the Kresge at 30 S. Detroit Street, and the old Penney building at 45 E. Main Street. Two different historic architectural firms were selected to develop concept plans, master plans, and detailed construction drawings to assist these downtown building owners. While plans alone do not guarantee immediate funding, they make the likelihood of funding much greater.
Secondary Support for Other Agencies
The Development Department provides staff and offers secondary support to the Greene County Housing Coalition, the City of Xenia Loan Trust Committee, the Greene County Tax Incentive Review Council, and the Greene County Retention and Expansion Committee.
Support of Non-profit Community, Social & Housing Groups
The City works closely with housing and social service providers working in the Greene County Area who partner with the city to improve the housing, employment, and community needs of citizens.
The City of Xenia supports community festivals, downtown festivities and promotions, and neighborhood events, such as the Farmers' Market held on E. Main Street through the Greene County Growers, First Fridays, Hometown Christmas and other community led events.