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Housing for At-Risk Youth Planned for Franklinton Motel Site

Brent Warren Brent Warren Housing for At-Risk Youth Planned for Franklinton Motel SitePhoto courtesy of the City of Columbus.
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A vacant Franklinton motel site is being converted into housing for homeless youth.

Representatives of the City of Columbus, Star House and the Finance Fund were on hand at a press event yesterday to announce the plan, which calls for the former Knights Inn and Motel 6 at 1551 W. Broad St. to be turned into 80 efficiency apartments.

The city will be contributing $1.6 million to the $4.5 million project, which will incorporate all seven existing buildings on the four-acre site.

In addition to housing, additional “stabilizing resources” for the residents are planned – according to a press release – which will include counseling services and healthcare offices.

“As we move forward with plans for affordable housing, we need to ensure that we address the needs of all of our residents,” said Mayor Andrew Ginther in a statement. “This project helps one of our most vulnerable populations transition to stable housing and help them develop the skills and confidence they need to live successfully on their own.”

The goal of the project is to support young adults between 18 and 24 who are homeless, including the many in that age range who do not have a stable place to live because they have aged out of the foster care system.

The new housing will be named “Carol Stewart Village,” after the longtime Franklinton resident and neighborhood advocate who passed away in 2012.

The first residents are scheduled to move into the housing by the end of this year, according to the city.

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