John Arthur Flats

Cincinnati's first LGBTQ+ friendly Affordable Housing community named in honor of John Montgomery Arthur.

The John Arthur Flats, located one block from the Northside business district, will serve senior households earning 30%, 50%, and 60% of Area Median Income (AMI) and allow residents to “age in place.” It is also the first LGBTQ+ friendly project of its kind in the Cincinnati Area. The fifty-seven unit residential building is enhanced by community amenity spaces, including a gathering space, roof deck lounge, laundry facility, fitness room, management office, and special services offices.


Northside, Cincinnati OH


September 2022


Penrose Development

Size (APT #, ETC)

57 Units

Total SF: 50,195

Project Tags

Affordable Housing

Local community partners, including the Council on Aging (COA), Caracole, and Churches Active in Northside (CAIN), collaborated to provide services to new residents and a small office suite near the community gathering room was dedicated to these program services. A Design Committee of 10 Northside residents was formed to participate in design reviews and facilitate the design presentations with the public.

Public Art and supporting local artists were important components of this project and local artists were commissioned to paint an interior mural in the community gathering space that has been dedicated in honor of Maureen Wood (Maureen Wood Community Room), a long-time Northside resident and LGBTQ neighborhood pioneer.

New Republic’s design team focused on reinvigorating a vacant block of Northside while creating an inclusive, welcoming environment for Northside’s aging population. The design team sought to exceed the region’s status quo in senior housing by giving design details thorough consideration. Simplicity and clarity in form, palette and texture convey authenticity and acknowledge the historic Northside context without resorting to historic mimicry.

Photo Credit

Chris Von Holle

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