Transforming the built environment has been a central strategy in DNDA’s mission to create a thriving Delridge. Over the years since its inception, DNDA has partnered to develop and preserve a number of projects that:
- Create pride and a sense of place
- Spur new investment and economic opportunities
- Expand the range of goods and services available to neighborhood residents
- Prevent displacement resulting from gentrification
- Preserve neighborhood diversity through a range of housing options
- Create vibrant public places that build community
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Brandon Court was the first affordable housing project completed by DNDA and included 17 townhouse condominiums for sale to first time homebuyers on top of 4,500 square feet of commercial space. DNDA provided down payment assistance to four of the buyers who would not have been able to purchase their first home without it. It is located on the corner of Delridge Way SW and Brandon. There are three commercial spaces on the ground floor and owner occupied condo units above. These units were sold to first time homeowners, and included down payment assistance to ensure the original owners were low income. DNDA owns all of the commercial units.
The dynamic Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in the renovated historic Frank B. Cooper School provides 36 affordable live/work studios for rent to artists of all disciplines. The ground floor houses the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center which provides arts programming focusing on youth and the many cultures of the surrounding Delridge community.
The One Community Commons located above the food bank offers 34 units of family housing. Seven of the units are for families transitioning from homelessness and five units are reserved for developmentally disabled.