McCormack Baron Salazar and the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) celebrated the completion of the first two phases of Legacy Pointe at Poindexter and broke ground on the third phase of the project with a grand opening and groundbreaking event at the Legacy Pointe site today. Special guests include HUD General Deputy Assistant Secretary Dominique Blom, Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, and Mayor Andrew J. Ginther.
The first two phases of Legacy Pointe at Poindexter offer 174 units of mixed-income, family housing in one-, two-, and three-bedroom floor plans; these include garden apartments and townhomes. The third and final phase will offer an additional 162 units of mixed-income, family housing. CMHA also completed Poindexter Place, a 104-unit senior facility in 2016 and will be redeveloping the former Columbus Early Learning Center building on Ohio Avenue into market-rate apartments this year. At the end of all this work, the new community will have 450 new, mixed-income units.
The development team, including McCormack Baron Salazar, CMHA, the City of Columbus and Urban Strategies, embarked on this project over five years ago. In June 2014, CMHA was awarded a $29.7 million Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This award, along with low-income housing tax credits from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency and additional commitments of over $225 million in leverage funding and programming from more than 45 local organizations, has been a catalyst for revitalizing the former Poindexter Village site and bringing new investment to Columbus's historic Near East Side neighborhood.
Legacy Pointe & Poindexter Place replace the original Poindexter Village which finished construction in 1940 and was the first public housing project for African-Americans in Franklin County. The site takes its name from the late Reverend James Preston Poindexter, who in 1880, became the first African-American elected to the Columbus City Council.