Franklinton Neighborhood in Columbus Welcomes Franklin Station–New Affordable Elderly and Special Needs Housing Development

(Franklin Station is the new construction of 100 units of elderly and special needs housing developed by Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority.)

September 23, 2014 – Revitalization efforts continue in Franklinton–Columbus, Ohio's oldest neighborhood–with the new construction of Franklin Station, a development designed for the elderly and individuals with special needs. Development partners celebrated the opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and tours of the units and property. An investment of $17 million into the three floor 100 one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit facility replaces the razed, out-of-date public housing project Sunshine Terrace.

Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) had owned Sunshine Terrace since its construction in 1963. The project was one of the first properties to set aside units for the Community Shelter Board's Rebuilding Lives Initiative–a five-year effort to end homelessness and rebuild lives. CMHA made a commitment to the City of Columbus, Franklin County, the Community Shelter Board, the Rebuilding Lives Initiative, and stakeholders in Franklinton that those residents living in the outdated Sunshine Terrace would find a new home in Franklin Station.

Franklin Station offers affordable housing, administrative and management offices, spaces for supportive service providers and commercial/retail space. Amenities include a large community room, computer and resource room, wellness center, food pantry, exercise room, library, clinic, laundry facilities, meditation garden, and ample green space. Additionally, safety features include smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, sprinklers, door viewer with 180 degree viewing area, integrated telephone building access security and an audible alarm horn.

Each furnished one-bedroom unit includes a dishwasher, garbage disposal, refrigerator, microwave oven, pantry, and wiring for telephone and cable television. All units have a private bath and energy efficient heating and cooling systems. Supportive services will be provided by the YMCA of Central Ohio and the Corporation for Supportive Housing.

Franklin Station was developed using a combination of low-income housing tax credits administered through the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, funding through the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority, and an AHP grant through the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati. Other development partners included Red Capital Group and Nationwide Bank. Equity investment was provided by Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing.

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