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Affordable Housing Projects Proposed for Franklinton

Brent Warren Brent Warren Affordable Housing Projects Proposed for FranklintonThe proposed building at 731 W. Rich St. Rendering by Shremshock Architects.
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A trio of affordable housing proposals in Franklinton are working their way through the city’s approval process.

At 731 W. Rich St., the Finance Fund has proposed building a three-story, 43-unit apartment complex on what is currently a vacant lot. An application for a council variance for the project has been submitted and it has been presented to the Franklinton Area Commission.

The proposed building would sit across the street from the Mount Carmel West campus, which is still home to an emergency department as well as the Mount Carmel College of Nursing and Healthy Living Center. Wagenbrenner Development is heading up efforts to develop the rest of the site.

Brittany Boulton, Director of External Relations at Finance Fund, said that more details of the plan will be released after funding for the project is secured.

“If the project is funded, Finance Fund would be working with project partners and make an announcement at that time,” she said.

Those details will likely include target rents and income levels for the apartments, which Boulton said “would offer below-market-rate rentals for families of various sizes, with the intent of serving working families who might otherwise be priced out of the neighborhood.”

Less than a mile to the west, National Church Residences has proposed a senior housing project at 1137 W. Broad St. that would hold “approximately 70 units of senior independent living housing,” according to a variance application submitted to the city.

Todd Hutchins, Director of Public Relations for National Church Residences, said that the project is in its early stages and, like the Rich Street proposal, has not yet secured funding.

“National Church Residences chose this location along West Broad Street because it’s a prominent location,” he added. “It’s close to public transportation, health services and other amenities, in addition to the Franklinton area going through a revitalization.”

The third proposal for the neighborhood, from NRP Group, involves several different sites. A council variance application has been submitted for 96 N. Hartford Ave., where the developer wants to build a four-story, 30-unit apartment building.

Included in that application is a map that shows a second potential apartment building – three stories tall, with 36 units – on a mostly vacant lot directly east of Columbus Fire Station 10 (which is at 1096 W. Broad St.).

In addition to the two apartment buildings, the map shows seven single family homes and three duplexes (for a total of 6 units), on scattered infill sites in the area. A representative of NRP Group did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the proposal, which is referred to in the application as Franklinton Way.

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