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Hawthorn Grove Apartments on Rich Street Moving Forward

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The Community Housing Network (CHN) is moving forward with plans to build a 40-unit apartment building on an empty lot at 546-558 East Rich Street Downtown. The $6 million project, called Hawthorn Grove, was given the go-ahead last week by the Historic Resources Commission.

CHN Development Manager Ryan Cassell said that they plan to take it to the December 3rd Downtown Commission meeting for final approval. The next step, he said, is to finalize financing, then hopefully start construction in the spring with the goal of completion by spring of 2015. CHN will also manage the property once it is completed.

Rents for the 39 one-bedroom units will be subsidized and limited to 30% of the renter’s income. The target population for the building is people disabled by mental illness. One unit will be reserved for a resident manager who will provide monitoring and support to residents.

The project is in line with the many apartment buildings and scattered-site housing that the nonprofit organization has developed throughout Columbus. Cassell described the philosophy behind such projects, and what it will mean for the Rich Street development;

“Supportive housing is quality, affordable, permanent housing linked to social, health and employment services. Residents hold their own leases and pay their own rents. Mobile ADAMH-funded community support workers will provide case management and behavioral health care support services to assist tenants with treatment, transportation, employment and crisis intervention. These supportive services enable residents to find work, maintain their recovery, and give back to the community. Success is measured by length of stay in housing and by increased income through employment.”

More information about Community Housing Network is available at www.chninc.org.

Rendering provided by Berardi + Partners.

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  • stephentszuter

    Is it really necessary to push the building back off the sidewalk? Everywhere we see that done, it’s hideous.

  • VicVillage Guy

    Maybe the people on the first floor would like a little privacy and space from people on the sidewalk.

  • Pushing it back off the sidewalk fits the design of this section of the street, as most of the historic homes on this block have a small bit of grass out front. It’s a quiet stretch of Rich Street that sidewalk frontage really won’t matter a whole lot on. This section of Downtown really has more in common with OTE than it does with High Street.

  • stephentszuter

    @Walker. You’re right that it fits more. It’s just a personal design preference. :/ (What will this neighborhood look like in twenty years?)

  • This neighborhood will probably look pretty much unchanged in 20 years, but perhaps with more infill on the few vacant lots sprinkled here and there.

  • Geno99

    I question the wisdom of building more community housing in areas that are far away from most of the entry-level jobs.

  • correction – the Downtown Commission meeting is on the 17th, not the 3rd..

  • jpunkster

    @Geno99 – The target market is for people disabled by mental illness so having a prime location on the #2 bus line along with shuttles may make your point moot

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