The Deco in Clintonville is Now 55-and-Over, Set to Open in April
With construction work progressing and the first residents scheduled to move in as soon as April, the developer of the Deco announced yesterday that the 114-unit project is now officially a 55-and-over property.
What that means in practice – in accordance with Federal Fair Housing Act rules – is that at least 80 percent of the units must have at least one occupant who is 55 years of age or older.
The four-story mixed-use development is being built on the former site of the Olympic Pool on Indianola Avenue.
“We’re really excited about this,” said April Zimmerman Katz, President of The Zimmerman Companies. “We have had a ton of inquiries from people interested in moving out of their homes in the neighborhood. Clintonville has a very strong neighborhood identity – they don’t wan’t to leave, but they also don’t want to take care of a house anymore, and there was not a good option before.”
Most of those inquiries have come from the 55-and-older set, explained Zimmerman Katz. The official designation is a way to further allay their worries about the transition back to apartment living – with its shared walls and unknown neighbors – after years of living in a single family home.
“We felt this would give people considering it an extra sense of ease about their decision,” she said. “They have lived in homes their whole lives, and, frankly it can be a little scary.”
Pre-leasing for the apartments is now open, with rents ranging from $964 to $1,669 per month. A restaurant is still strong possibility for one of the first-floor storefronts, said Zimmerman Katz, although no leases have been signed.
She stressed that anyone is welcome to apply for the 20 percent of units not reserved for those 55 and older, but that that market is generally being well-served by the many other urban apartment projects in Columbus.
“The other (55-and-over) options are mostly suburban, or they have other kinds of care,” added Zimmerman Katz. “This is strictly independent living for people who want an urban experience in Clintonville…as far as I’m aware, there’s nothing like this anywhere in the area.”
More changes to this stretch of Indianola are in the works – a reconfiguration is planned for this year, with two bike planes and a center turn lane replacing the current alignment, which has two travel lanes for cars in each direction.
For more information on the Deco, see www.livethedeco.com.