Affordable Housing Coming to Former Hospital Site
More affordable housing is coming to the Hilltop. Construction is well underway on a three-story, 42-unit building at 180 Wheatland Avenue.
The new project, called Wheatland Crossing Senior Apartments, sits on the northern end of a 20-acre site that was once home to the Central Ohio Psychiatric Hospital. The City of Columbus bought the land and cleaned it up after the hospital was razed in 1988.
“Wheatland Crossing will offer seniors the opportunity to live independently in a modern and affordable home, with the support of many valuable services, amenities and enrichments that seniors need and want, both on-site and nearby,” said Michael Krause, Vice President of Development for the Woda Group, the project’s developer.
A number of different local organizations will provide the on-site services, including the Central Ohio Agency on Aging, LifeCare Alliance, and Homes on the Hill. Funding for the project came primarily from Low Income Housing Tax Credits awarded by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency.
A spokesperson for Woda said that framing is now underway on the second level of the building, and that work could be wrapping up on the project as soon as September of this year.
The Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s Wheatland Urban Farm opened in 2015 on the southern end of the former hospital site. John Turner, Administrator of the city’s Land Redevelopment Office, said that a user for the five acres of land in between the farm and the new senior housing has yet to be identified.
For more on the Hilltop neighborhood, check out this recent episode of the Confluence Cast.
Rendering via PCI Design Group.