FRC creates affordable housing for seniors | Local
Apartments – which range from 625 to 750 square feet – start at $ 400 per month.
Heimes said the question of what will be done with the second and third floors is an ongoing issue. With the senior center on the ground floor, it made sense to consider affordable senior housing for the upper floors, he added.
“With the services on the first floor and the living corridors on the second and third, it was a great model,” said Heimes.
From this idea were born 29 one-bedroom apartments and five two-bedroom options out of the two floors. Currently, 24 of them have been filled, Heimes said.
To celebrate the project, FRC Housing held a groundbreaking ceremony last week in its building. Members of Mesner Development, FRC, Columbus Community Foundation, Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce and those in the community came to the event.
Columbus residents will first remember the building as a hospital before it was transformed into a home and family resource center for boys and girls in 2002. Since then, it has housed many organizations in nonprofits, including the Columbus Area United Way, Goodwill, and the Columbus Senior Center.