Located at the site of the former Heyl Elementary School on Columbus's South Side, Residences at Career Gateway is an urban infill site that was redeveloped into 58 residences for families. The project includes townhomes with garages, as well as a three-story, elevator-served building that offers a community room, fitness center, computer stations and dedicated workforce training space. This workforce development housing is located in an area that has seen a tremendous amount of growth over the past several years, most notably with the expansion of Nationwide Children's Hospital (NCH). The development team has created a strategic partnership with NCH as part of the hospital's Healthy Families (HNHF) initiative. This initiative will provide high-quality housing, training and job placement for area residents who reside in proximity to NCH and its more than 10,000 employment opportunities. Columbus State will also offer workforce training for in-demand occupations to eligible residents of Career Gateway.
The project meets OHFA's policy goals by supporting projects that redevelop vacant or foreclosed buildings, leverage non-OHFA financial resources and partners with local employers. Residences at Career Gateway received local development priority from the City of Columbus, and, upon completion, the project will receive Enterprise Green certification.