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November 8, 2012
Mayor Michael B. Coleman, Councilmember Zach Klein and Affordable Housing Trust Board Chairman Donald B. Shackelford joined neighborhood leaders for the dedication of its new offices today at 905 E. Long Street. Construction was recently completed at the former site of a building also known as the Charles. The building was constructed with $2.2 million in federal housing funds.
“Along with the resurrection of the Lincoln Theater and the demolition of Poindexter Tower, this is one more step toward the revitalization of this historic neighborhood,” Mayor Coleman said. “I want to thank the folks at the Affordable Housing Trust for their significant investment in the continued improvement of the King Lincoln District.
The Trust has relocated its offices there, bringing seven employees. There are 10 apartments located on the upper floor of the building known as Columbus Scholar House, with community and potential retail space on the first floor. The eight two-bedroom and two three-bedroom apartments will be available to low-income households.
"This project is a great example of a concentrated, continued investment in the Near East Side,” said Councilmember Zach M. Klein, Chair of the Development Committee. “From businesses to homes, arts and cultural attractions, this community is undergoing a rebirth that is strengthening this neighborhood and preserving its rich historical character."
The Charles adds to the new and affordable housing opportunities in the King-Lincoln district using NSP funds. Last year saw the opening of the NoBo on Long Condominiums. The nine townhome condominiums, located at the corner of E. Long Street and N. 21st Street, were constructed with funds from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
“The Affordable Housing Trust is very appreciative of the support provided by the City of Columbus. It has allowed the Trust to provide affordable housing for our Columbus Scholar House residents. The Affordable Housing Trust’s new offices and the retail space now available in the Charles building adds to the ongoing redevelopment of a neighborhood with a rich cultural history.”