Changes are coming to Franklinton, and they are coming soon. The mixed-use facility at River & Rich broke ground this morning. The 6-acre site will feature both residential and retail spaces.
Speakers at the groundbreaking event included Bill Riat, a partner at CASTO, Robert Weiler for the Weiler & Kelley Companies, Tom Williamson, the CFO of Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority and Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “I’m pleased to be with you, I couldn’t be more proud,” said Mayor Ginther. “The commitment to this project… I’ve been very proud to carry the torch.”
The idea for the project has been in the works for a few years, with collaboration from CASTO, The Robert Weiler Company, Kelley Companies, S2 Construction and the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority.
The site will offer 230 one and two bedroom apartments, both garden and townhouse style. In addition to housing, River & Rich will also provide a 292 space parking garage and 25,000 sq. feet of retail space.
During the ceremony, Mayor Ginther expressed a desire to “keep Franklinton funky”, and River & Rich plans on engaging the artistic community that already exists in the neighborhood by including public art opportunities. “Franklinton’s got to stay funky, which means we want it to be a place where people can live, create and inspire,” said Mayor Ginther.
The site was formerly a housing project, and Tom Williamson, the CFO of Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority reassured attendees at the groundbreaking ceremony that River & Rich will aim for housing to be affordable. “This development, like the river, shows what’s achievable when a community finds the strength to work together, engages the power of partnership like we have with the City, the CASTO-Weiler team, the Kelley Companies and S2,” said Williamson.
The first buildings in the complex are expected to be completed in early summer of 2018.