By Beau Dusz
Special to the Beacon Journal
WADSWORTH: Improvements are expected next year at Menwa Apartments, a nearly 40-year-old building for senior citizens at 531 High St.
Debra Kubena-Yatsko, deputy director of the Medina Metropolitan Housing Authority, told City Council’s Economic Development Committee that her agency now is managing the property and is working with the Cleveland Housing Network to refinance the facility.
Kubena-Yatsko said Menwa Inc. approached the agency last year to take over management of the property, noting the building is getting older and needs work.
Millie Davis of the Cleveland Housing Network told members of the Economic Development Committee that plans for the building include increased accessibility, upgrading electrical and mechanical components, changing the entrances, upgrading signage, improving the flooring, painting the interior and increasing energy efficiency.
Kevin Brown, also of the housing authority, said the agency is working to obtain financing for the upgrades through state and federal sources and private investors. He said the improvements are expected to begin next year and take about nine months to complete.
Planning Director Jeff Kaiser recommended that Wadsworth waive a $50,000 lien it holds on the building from the installation of an elevator earlier this year that was funded through a city-obtained grant.
The 70-unit building includes one- and two-bedroom apartments. It opened in 1975, with First Mennonite Church playing an important role in spearheading the project.
Its name comes from combining parts of Mennonite and Wadsworth.