On Thursday July 5th Congressman Brad Wenstrup of Ohio’s 2nd District visited the Avondale Town Center site. The Community Builder’s Senior Project Manager Libbie Au provided an overview of the project highlighting what it would bring to Avondale (Health Center, new apartments, laundromat, grocery store, etc.) Au was also able to talk about the financing structure that helped make it happen, including the use of HUD Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant funds, Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) and New Market Tax Credits (NMTC) as the corner stones of the project. Additionally, they spoke about HR 1661 which is a bill to update the LIHTC system and how beneficial the adjustments would be to the program, especially the income averaging allowing TCB to better serve the lower income populations. Congressman Wenstrup was particularly interested in our economic inclusion work for contracting and hiring and how we were working with HGC, RWB and WEB Ventures to provide job opportunities for people in the neighborhood.