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Mar 14, 2024

$23 million development will serve low-income seniors in the community and restore the historic St. Michael School

Cleveland (March 14, 2024) – Cleveland City Councilwoman Jasmin Santana and CHN Housing Partners (CHN) announce that the $23 million redevelopment of the historic Saint Michael School is now fully funded, and the renovation will begin soon.

The “Arch at Saint Michael,” will be a 46-apartment unit development for low-income seniors. It is a green adaptive reuse of the iconic St. Michael School on Scranton Road and adjacent convent around the corner on Prame Avenue. Like the nearby church, the school was constructed as an early 1900s Gothic Revival structure.

“The Arch at Saint Michael is a remarkable development that both creates safe and affordable housing for our communities’ residents to age in place as well as preserves an architectural landmark of our neighborhood,” said Ward 14 Councilwoman Jasmin Santana, who represents Clark-Fulton and part of Tremont. “I am proud to help make this development a reality, and this past year Council made affordable housing a priority in receiving revenue recovery funds.”

City Council approved $2.9 million in support for the project, which was needed to close the funding gap the project faced. Other funders of The Arch at Saint Michael include Cuyahoga County, HUD 202 Capital Advance and Project Rental Assistance, 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credits, as well as federal and state historic preservation tax credits. 

“Developments like The Arch at Saint Michael are game changers for Cleveland seniors and for the Cleveland community,” said Councilman Anthony T. Hairston, who chairs the Development, Planning and Sustainability Committee. “This development cares for our seniors as well as our history in Cleveland, the way it should be.”

The Arch at Saint Michael will allow seniors who earn 31% to 50% of the area median income to age within their own community while preserving a cornerstone of the Tremont- Clark-Fulton neighborhood for over 100 years.

“We are grateful to the City of Cleveland, particularly Councilwoman Santana and Councilman Hairston, for awarding the development the final funds needed to make The Arch at Saint Michael possible,” said Kevin Nowak, president and CEO of CHN Housing Partners. “The Arch at Saint Michael allows lifelong residents to remain in their community while aging safely and with dignity.”

Construction at The Arch at Saint Michael is expected to commence at the beginning of the second quarter of 2024 and be completed in 2025.