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MARIAN DEVELOPMENT GROUP RECEIVES SERVICE TO PRESERVATION AWARD AT 36TH ANNUAL IDA LEE WILLIS MEMORIAL FOUNDATION HISTORIC PRESERVATION AWARDS

Marian Development Group was presented with a Service to Preservation Award during the 36th Annual Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards, which took place Wednesday, May 28, at the Governor’s Mansion.

The awards ceremony takes place each May during National Historic Preservation Month, and awards are presented in partnership by the foundation and KHC. They are named for Kentucky’s first state historic preservation officer, the late Ida Lee Willis, wife of the late former Gov. Simeon Willis.

Service to Preservation Awards are honored to those who have furthered historic preservation activities or have had a positive impact in their communities.

The awards was Accepted by Marian Development Group co-owner Jake Brown, “in recognition of their commitment to invest not only in historic buildings but also in people.” The company’s Family Scholar Houses are building rehabilitation projects that provide affordable apartments for single parents, while they work toward completing their education and becoming self-sufficient. In the past two years, the company has completed three such projects in historic schools utilizing the historic preservation tax credit – Louisville’s Parkland Scholar House, circa 1891; the Stoddard Johnson Scholar House, a former 1915 Beaux Arts-style elementary school; and in Covington, LaSallette Garden Apartments, formerly LaSallette Academy, which was singled out for well-executed window restoration.

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SCHOLAR HOUSE OPENS IN PIKEVILLE

After months of hard work and planning, a way to help single parents receive a college education became a reality in Downtown Pikeville.

Nestled in the middle of town, within walking distance of of both the University of Pikeville and Big Sandy Community and Technical College, the Scholar House of Central Appalachia provides a place for single parents and their children to not only live...but thrive.

Cathe Dykstra, President of Family Scholar House, Inc. says, “There are the housing and childcare components but then there is also the programming and that is the really important part of engaging families and giving them hope.”

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PARKLAND SCHOLAR HOUSE NAMED ONE OF LOUISVILLE'S TOP 10 PRESERVATION SUCCESSES

Preservation Louisville is calling for community support to help save and rejuvenate some of the city's most endangered historic places.

The Louisville buildings are part of an annual list released by the non-profit to highlight properties most at risk of being demolished or wrecked beyond repair.

Preservation Louisville works to protect the architectural heritage of the community and is asking for donations to help fund the much needed preservation work on properties including vacant and abandoned homes, old corner store fronts and historic churches.

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MARIAN DEVELOPMENT GROUP TO TAKE PART IN THE IDA LEE WILLIS AWARDS AND IS A RECIPIENT FOR THE SERVICE TO PRESERVATION AWARD.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 36th Annual Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards, which recognize excellence in the preservation of Kentucky’s historic buildings and cultural resources, including archaeological sites. Contributions can be through investment, advocacy, volunteerism, building partnerships, public involvement, lifelong commitment or significant achievement.

The awards are presented each May, during National Historic Preservation Month, by the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation and Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office.

Nominations are accepted for Preservation Projects, honoring outstanding examples of historic building restoration or rehabilitation, or for other projects that have furthered preservation of Kentucky’s built environment or cultural resources; Service to Preservation, recognizing individuals, organizations, nonprofits, public officials, financial institutions, news media, volunteers and others whose contributions have had a positive impact in their communities; and the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Award, to the individual who has demonstrated outstanding dedication to the cause of historic preservation in the Commonwealth.

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COOLEST OFFICE SPACES: MARIAN DEVELOPMENT PRESERVES FIREHOUSE'S CHARACTER

Jacob L. Brown, principal of Marian Development Group LLC, said ghosts of firefighters-past visit the second floor of the business’ office where he is shown at right.

Marian Development Group operates in a historic firehouse built in 1883. It was converted into office space by a previous tenant. The business acquired the property and redesigned the interior to house its office, modernizing the space while also maintaining the historic character of the building.

Offices and a meeting space on the first floor are in operation, and the business plans renovation work on the second floor of its space, which use to be a place where firefighters would sleep, eat and use the fire pole, shown in the photo behind Brown, to quickly exit when responding to a fire.

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FAMILY SCHOLAR HOUSE OPENS FOURTH FACILITY

Family Scholar House Inc., a Louisville nonprofit organization that provides housing and other support services for single-parent college students and their children, opened its fourth facility in August of 2013.

The $12.2 million Family Scholar House project included the renovation and historic preservation of the former Maupin Elementary School in the Parkland neighborhood.

The 48 two- and three-bedroom apartments were built in the former school and in an addition that was constructed. The project’s developer is Louisville-based Marian Development Group LLC.

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MARIAN DEVELOPMENT GROUP RECEIVES FAMILY SCHOLAR HOUSE AWARD

At the 15th Annual Luncheon for Family Scholar House, the organization presented its 2012 corporate "Lucy Award" to Marian Development Group, LLC. Named in honor of Dr. Lucy M. Friebert, SCN, the annual award recognizes community leaders with a commitment to gender equity and post-secondary education.

Marian Development Group is a woman-owned business whose principals, Cynthia and Jacob L. Brown, were on hand to accept the award. Marian Development Group exists to enhance the quality of life for people, through thoughtful selection and development of projects that strengthen and revitalize neighborhoods, and through strong partnerships and collaborations that benefit the larger community. They choose projects with careful consideration and create buildings with attention to craftsmanship and detail, clear communication from concept to completion, and diligent stewardship of every project. The company was honored not only for the integral role it has played in developing every Family Scholar House campus, but also for the time the Browns have spent volunteering at those campuses and getting to know the student parents and their families.

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MARIAN DEVELOPMENT GROUP RENOVATES THE 1915 STODDARD JOHNSTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL INTO APARTMENTS FOR SINGLE PARENTS PURSUING COLLEGE DEGREES

Children are once again running through the halls of the former Stoddard Johnston Elementary School in Louisville, Ky. This time, however, their parents are also dragging around school books. Family Scholar House Inc. (FSH), a Louisville-based not-for-profit organization, and its development partner, Marian Development Group LLC (MDG), have renovated the 1915 building into apartments for single parents who are pursuing college degrees. In the past four years, FSH has used low-income housing tax credits (LIHTCs) and historic tax credits (HTCs) to develop properties near colleges and universities in Louisville. The Stoddard Johnston Family Scholar House is FSH’s third such property to provide housing to single parents as they work to improve their financial situation.

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MARIAN DEVELOPMENT PROJECT NAMED AS ONE OF TOP 10 LOUISVILLE PRESERVATION SUCCESSES

This year along with the list of "Louisville's Top 10 Endangered Historic Places" list, Preservation Louisville also announced "Louisville's Top 10 Preservation Successes" recognizing preservation projects that have successfully rehabilitated and returned a historic building to productive use. The lists were announced during a press conference at The Comfy Cow Ice Cream Parlor on Frankfort Ave. which is one of Preservation Louisville's 2012 Top Ten Preservation Successes.

The Stoddard Johnston Scholar House project combines many of the core values of the Marian Development Group, revitalizing and renovating the former Stoddard Johnston Elementary School built in the beaux-arts style in 1915 to provide affordable Section 8 housing and support services for single parents (and their children) who are pursuing a college degree.

As with many Marian Development projects, the Stoddard Johnston Scholar House incorporated sustainable and energy-efficient construction methods and materials wherever possible, with an emphasis on integrating existing revitalized structures and new construction to create a welcome addition to the St. Joseph neighborhood in which it is situated. This project was approved for a Historic Preservation Tax Credit.

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MARIAN DEVELOPMENT RECEIVES AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

On May 24, 2012, The Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH), a nonprofit financial intermediary based in Columbus, hosted 650 affordable housing partners at its annual Partner Luncheon. The Partner Luncheon recognizes the many investors, developers, lenders, management companies, nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations, and government entities that partner with OCCH in the development of affordable housing in Ohio. During the luncheon, OCCH presented nine awards of excellence to honor outstanding partners and Marian Development was recognized for the Downtown Scholar House.

Downtown Scholar House is a combination of the rehabilitation of an old motel coupled with the new construction of two new multifamily buildings. The development includes 54 two- and three- bedroom apartments. The project is an example of the great team work between the nonprofit service provider Family Scholar House, a for-profit developer Jake Brown of Marian Development, and Spalding University, whose campus is a block from the site.

Downtown Scholar House's mission is what makes the project truly unique: to end the cycle of poverty by giving single-parent students the support they need to earn a four-year college degree. Scholar House provides a full continuum of educational and supportive programs that address the barriers that single-parent college students and their children face in breaking that cycle of poverty. The core programs include financial management, academic advising, case management, peer support, and family nutrition and wellness.

The entire development team is extremely proud that in only 17 short months since the opening of Downtown Scholar House, six single parents have finished their educational programs and earned college degrees! In addition, one of the children at the property is graduating from high school this month and will start college in August.

Cathe Dykstra of Family Scholar House accepted the award and acknowledged the many partners that made the project successful.

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MARIAN DEVELOPMENT GROUP BEGINS WORK ON FOURTH SCHOLAR HOUSE PROJECT.

LOUISVILLE, KY -- On the heels of the completion of the Stoddard Johnston Scholar House, Marian Development Group has begun work on the next project under the Family Scholar House program, Parkland Scholar House.

The fourth Louisville campus for Family Scholar House, Parkland Scholar House will involve renovation of the historic (1891) Parkland Public School building located at 1309 Catalpa Street in Louisville. When completed, the renovated structure will feature 18 two-bedroom apartments, plus 2,800 square feet of community space that will house an academic service center, a computer/media lab and multipurpose/classroom space.

A new, adjacent 33,100 sq. ft. building will also be constructed on the site, providing an additional 24 two-bedroom apartments and 6 three-bedroom units. The project will also include a commercial grade children's playground with a children's garden, plus picnic benches, commercial trash cans and commercial grills. Construction methods will utilize green building techniques and energy efficient technology as well as comply with applicable building codes and Kentucky Housing Corporation universal design requirements.

Located in a residential neighborhood, the site offers easy access to grocery stores, public and private schools, churches, restaurants, pharmacies, public transportation and freeway access. The mission of Family Scholar House, Inc. is "to end the cycle of poverty by giving single-parent students the support they need to earn a four-year college degree."


STODDARD JOHNSTON SCHOLAR HOUSE CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING

Colmon Elridge, Executive Assistant to Governor Steve Beshear addresses the audience at the grand opening of the Stoddard Johnston Scholar House. Seated on the speakers' platform, from left to right: Jacob L. Brown, Developer, Marian Development Group; Richard L. McQuady, CEO, Kentucky Housing Corporation; Charles Denny, Regional President, Kentucky and Indiana Banking, PNC Bank, Cathe O. Dystra, President and CEO, Family Scholar House; Kathryn Williams, Family Scholar House participant, University of Louisville student; Dr. James Ramsey, President of the University of Louisville; and Congressman John Yarmuth.


On March 26, 2012, Stoddard Johnston Scholar House celebrated its grand opening. On hand to speak for the event were Jacob L. Brown, Developer, Marian Development Group; Richard L. McQuady, CEO, Kentucky Housing Corporation; Charles Denny, Regional President, Kentucky and Indiana Banking, PNC Bank, Cathe O. Dystra, President and CEO, Family Scholar House; Kathryn Williams, Family Scholar House participant, University of Louisville student; Dr. James Ramsey, President of the University of Louisville; Colmon Elridge, Executive Assistant to Governor Steve Beshear; and Congressman John Yarmuth.

The renovated elementary school, located at 2301 Bradley Avenue in Louisville, plus two newly-constructed buildings provide a total of 57 affordable apartments, plus a playground, ample parking and an onsite academic services center with space for academic advising, case management, a media lab, a sensory room, a community meeting space and even office space for use by community programs serving the neighborhood.

The site is the third Louisville campus for the Family Scholar House, and was selected for its proximity to the University of Louisville, bus transportation and community resources. The Family Scholar House aims to support the educational aspirations of single-parent families and to help foster college education to create valuable members of the community.


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