Project Partners

Sustainable Community Associates is based in Oberlin and serves as local developer.  Formed in 2001, SCA works to achieve community-based developments that are environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable.

The City of Oberlin : In addition to a predevelopment planning, the City of Oberlin has become a partner in the project with a $1.4M Tax Increment Financing package for streetscape, road and utility upgrades to the site.

McCormack Baron , led by Oberlin Class of 1964 graduate Richard Baron, has provided invaluable support to the East College Street Project as well as New Markets Tax Credits. McCormack Baron is the national leader in neighborhood revitalization.

Enterprise Community Partners served as both a predevelopment lender and New Market Tax Credit provider for the project. They are a leading real estate investment services company for affordable housing and community development.

The Kendeda Fund has purchased 13 residential units to reserve as moderate-income rentals.

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur’s leadership on behalf of the East College Street Project led to the development receiving a 200,000 earmark from the Federal Appropriations Bill.

Integrated Architecture of Grand Rapids, Michigan is the project architect. Integrated was chosen for their experience in environmentally sustainable design, and has received numerous awards from the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council, the American Institute of Architects, and Architectural Record.

Craig Cohen and Pond Avenue Management Inc. serve as Owner’s Representative for the East College Street Project. Craig helps SCA manage all facets of construction. If you would like to contact Craig he can be reached at (216) 763-2505 or

Oberlin College has purchased 7,000 square feet of first floor space most of which will be used as art studio and gallery space.  This infusion of the arts into downtown Oberlin should greatly benefit downtown Oberlin.

Garrett Miller serves as our web and graphic designer.

Main Street Oberlin of Oberlin Ohio has been a staunch supporter of the East College Street Project and Downtown Oberlin.

Eric and Jane Nord were crucial philanthropic partners in the early stages of the development

The Civic Innovation Lab provided mentoring and funding of $30,000 in support of economic development intiatives in the East College Street Project.

KS Associates, one of the top civil engineering firms in the county, is the Civil Engineer.

Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis is SCA’s general counsel, with extensive real estate and contract law experience in the Cleveland area.

Ulmer & Berne serve as TIF counsel and environmental counsel, and are consistently     recognized for excellence by organizations such as the National Law Journal, Chambers USA, BTI consulting, and the Weatherhead 100.

Thompson Hine serves as the construction lawyer for the project. Their experience navigating the construction process has been invaluable.

Husch Blackwell Sanders (NMTC counsel) is a nationally ranked law firm with     approximately 300 attorneys in seven cities across the Midwest and Mid-South, more than 80 years of experience in real estate and tax law, and a specialization in tax credits.

BJAAM Environmental serves as environmental consultant.  BJAAM is at the forefront in the implementation of risk based closures and corrective actions.  BJAAM specializes in the development of site-specific clean up levels and has provided regulator education and     assisted numerous governmental agencies in the development of risk based programs, both within the State of Ohio and other locations world-wide, including the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the governments of Argentina, Brazil, and Puerto Rico.

Lucid Design Group of Oberlin Ohio is responsible for the energy monitoring system utilized within the East College Street Project. Lucid is a pioneer in an emerging industry that provides information feedback to teach, inspire change and save resources.