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New Housing Development, Workforce Training Center Opens on South Side

Brent Warren Brent Warren New Housing Development, Workforce Training Center Opens on South SidePhotos by Brent Warren.
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A ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday marked the official opening of the Residences at Career Gateway, a 58-unit affordable housing development on the South Side.

Residents have already moved into the 14 townhomes on the site, while the 44 apartments in the main building will start filling up this weekend. Amenities include a fitness center, a community room with a kitchen, an outdoor playground, and a children’s obstacle course.

Pricing for the apartments starts at $650 per month, with all units reserved for households at or below 60 percent of the area median income.

The project, which was first proposed nearly three years ago, is the result of a partnership between the non-profit organization Community Development for All People (CDFAP) and Cleveland-based developer NRP Group. It sits at the corner of Heyl Avenue and East Whittier Street, on the former site of Heyl Avenue Elementary School.

CDFAP is working to coordinate the many partners who will provide programming for the building’s 2,400 square foot Career Gateway Training Center. Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Goodwill Columbus, Columbus City Schools and Dress for Success are among the organizations that will provide on-site job and personal development training available to residents of the new development as well as the surrounding community.

“Opening the Residences at Career Gateway is a significant next step forward in the journey to ensure the South Side remains a vibrant mixed income community with sufficient high quality affordable housing,” said Reverend John Edgar, CDFAP Executive Director, in a statement. “The on-site job training facilities offer wonderful opportunities for community residents to develop their job readiness skills and complete programs that connect them to full time positions with South Side employers.”

For more information, see www.residencesatcareergateway.com.

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