Historic Fire House to be Renovated in Franklinton
The Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) and Heritage Ohio announced yesterday that the groups would be collaborating to renovate the historic Engine House #6 building, located at 540 West Broad Street in Franklinton.
Most passers by will recognize the building as “Jimmie Rea’s Electronics,” which has had a sign on the building since 1975. Once renovated, Heritage Ohio will relocate their offices to the building, with room for a restaurant and/or retail space on the ground floor.
The building sits adjacent to CMHA’s Franklin Station housing community that was built in 2013 to help house the chronically homeless, and just two blocks away from the future site of the mixed-use Kaufman Development project that was recently proposed for Franklinton. CMHA also is partnering with CASTO on a large-scale development just a few blocks south on Rich Street.