09.24.14 - Columbus State Community College hosts "Day of Service" Event in Weinland Park
The Columbus State Community College (CSCC) Student Engagement and Leadership (S.E.a.L.) team hosted a "Day of Service" on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014. During this event, CSCC provided student volunteers to help local service agencies and non-profits. CSCC provided approximately ten students to support CPO Management's efforts to clean up Weinland Park. Volunteers and Property Management staff spent over four hours cleaning up litter and debris on CPO properties and throughout the Weinland Park community. We are so appreciative of our continued partnership with CSCC!
09.23.14 - Grand Opening Held at Franklin Station, Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority's newest Permanent Supportive Housing Community
Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH), Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) and CPO Management hosted a Grand Opening for Franklin Station on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014. Civic leaders, housing & social service professionals and residents were in attendence. Franklin Station is CMHA's newest community, which provides Permanent Supportive Housing for chronically homeless residents with physical and mental disabilities. The 100-unit community offers furnished one bedroom apartments with (full press release here).
06.12.14 - "Prom Night in Black & White
Community Properties of Ohio (CPO Management) hosted its 11th annual Prom, “Prom Night in Black & White,” on Thursday June 12th at The King Arts Complex, located at 867 Mt. Vernon Avenue in the historic King-Lincoln district of Columbus. Invited guests included senior/disabled residents of the CPO portfolio and local residents of other affordable, senior housing communities in Columbus, including Bollinger Tower, Cambridge Arms, Central Community House, Homeport Rental Living, Jenkins Terrace, Michigan Avenue School and Worley Terrace. This event has grown in popularity and numbers over the years and provides more than 250 seniors a night of dinner, dancing and socialization - a night these residents eagerly anticipate.
This year’s event could not be possible without the sponsorship of 3B Mechanical, First Merit Bank, Homeport Rental Living, Computer Site Columbus (CSC), Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority and Radabaugh Lawncare & Landscaping. Generous contributions were also made by volunteers from Jan-Pro Cleaning Systems, Design Flooring Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, The Neighborhood House, Clark Schaefer Hackett and Andrew & Danielle Photography.
05.22.13 - Columbus civic leaders celebrate a decade of urban redevelopment
Community Properties of Ohio (CPO), an affiliate of Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, marked a decade of redeveloping urban neighborhoods throughout Columbus and improving residents’ lives during a community event and neighborhood housing tour today. Starting in 2003, CPO has transformed blighted housing and crime-ridden streets into attractive, safe and stable communities, paving the way for additional development and reinvestment. Community leaders, elected officials and CPO residents celebrated this pioneering community redevelopment at the restored Lincoln Theatre, itself an emblem of urban revitalization. (full press release here). See NBC 4 news coverage (top right video). Columbus Dispatch article (click here)
11.08.12 - Dedication Event honoring the redevelopment of The Charles building and Columbus Scholar House.
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 East
Long Street. Construction was recently completed at the former site of a building also known as The
Charles. The Charles building is managed by Community Properties of Ohio (CPO Management) and houses the offices of the Affordable Housing Trust, 974 sq. ft. of retail space and Columbus Scholar House. Columbus Scholar House is a 10-unit apartment community that offers affordable housing to parents that are full-time students at a State of Ohio accredited university and maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher (full press release here). Video clips of news footage and resident appreciation message at right.
For complete coverage of the event, click here for City of Columbus CTV foogage.
10.20.11 - CPO awarded 2011 Honor Award by the National Trust for Historic Preservation
On Thursday, October 20th, 2011, CPO was awarded one of thirteen Honor Awards for Historic Preservation by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The CPO Initiative acquired 1,335 units of dilapidated, scattered-site project-based Section 8 housing in urban Columbus and renovated 1,033 units. This $133 million affordable housing preservation effort lasted seven years and involved more than 250 buildings in the renovation and nine-phases of redevelopment. The effort included particular attention to preserving historic charm within seven inner-city neighborhoods.
The National Preservation Honor Awards recognize the efforts of individuals, nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and corporations whose skill and determination have given new meaning to their communities through preservation. These efforts include citizen attempts to save and maintain important landmarks, as well as architects, craftspeople, and developers whose exemplary work restores the richness of the past. For more information, please visit the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
National Trust for Historic Preservation 2011 Award Ceremony: Left: Isabel Toth, President, Community Properties of Ohio accepts the 2011 Honor Award on behalf of numerous partners. Right (L-R): Carolyn Brody, National Trust Board of Trustees; James Schimmer, Franklin County Economic Development & Planning; Isabel Toth, Community Properties of Ohio; Rex Hagerling, Moody Nolan Architects, Sarah French, Community Properties of Ohio; Stephanie Meeks, National Trust for Historic Preservation; and Col. John E. Moore, Jr., National Trust for Historic Preservation Advisor.
08.28.10 - Journey Through an Unseen Park
On August, 28, 2010, Unseen Park Productions, in association with the United Way of Central Ohio and the Columbus Foundation, released part 1 of what is expected to be a 5-part series documenting the revitalization efforts in the Weinland Park neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio. The documentary premiered at the Gateway Film Center in the recently developed Campus Gateway. CPO has 379 CPO apartment homes in the Weinland Park neighborhood. Renovation of the affordable housing in this community was a vital part of the on-going revitalization efforts. Josh Martin, Director of Property Management, who additionally manages CPO's Eliminate the Elements program, was interviewed for the film. Several other community partners committed to the revitalization efforts were also interviewed. See Journey Through an Unseen Park (video at right)