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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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