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Church and Developer Partner on Mt. Vernon Avenue Apartments

Brent Warren Brent Warren Church and Developer Partner on Mt. Vernon Avenue ApartmentsA view of the Hamilton Avenue building with Downtown in the background. Renderings by Schooley Caldwell.
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A groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for this afternoon at the corner of Mt. Vernon and Hamilton Avenues will mark the start of construction on a new 82-unit apartment development.

The project will consist of two, three-story buildings – one facing Hamilton the other Mt. Vernon – each with a rear parking lot offering space for a total of 69 cars.

In between the two new buildings sits the historic Shiloh Baptist Church, which is a partner in the project and a co-owner.

The church’s ownership stake means that future income from the apartments can be used to “further its mission in the community and help in maintaining its building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places,” according to a press release.

The church is working with Kelly Companies to develop the two parcels, a partnership that has its roots in a nearby development project that is also now under construction – the renovation of the former Ohio Baptist General Convention building at 48 Parkwood Ave. and the development of new apartments next door.

Michael Kelley, co-owner of Kelley Companies, told Columbus Underground that the two entities are also working together to build a new duplex on a parcel that Shiloh Baptist owns at 766 Grove St., just north of the church.

The development at Mt. Vernon and Hamilton is the largest of the three projects, though, and was the impetus for today’s event, which was to feature appearances from Council President Shannon Hardin and Lark Mallory, president/CEO of the Affordable Housing Trust for Columbus and Franklin County.

“Shiloh Baptist Church has a long history of supporting the neighborhood and this community,” said Rev. Dr. Otha Gilyard, pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church and the former president of the Ohio Baptist General Convention, in a statement. “As an anchor, historic institution in the community, I believe it is important to help spur revitalization and growth in the neighborhood of which we have been part for nearly 152 years.”

“It’s important that Shiloh benefits from and influences this new development,” said Kelley. “Our collective goal is to make sure our work in the neighborhood is a positive catalyst and occurs in a thoughtful and inclusive way.”

Although the new apartments will not be subsidized, the development team has committed to keeping rents for all units affordable to those making 100% of the area median income for Columbus (which is currently $83,900 for a family of four), and for over half of the units to be priced at the 80% AMI level.

Kelley Companies also redeveloped the historic Hotel St. Clair, located just north of the church, into apartments in 2017. Studio units in that building start at $825 a month.

Construction of the Mt. Vernon Avenue project is expected to be complete in December of 2022.

This view shows the back of the Hamilton Avenue building, Shiloh Baptist Church (upper left) and the Mt Vernon Avenue building (upper right).
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