The Pricks : Blog 6- Creative Living Center



Name of the property: Creative Living Center

Owner/ Manager: David Berentz, President

Type of funding: 1/3 from donations are accepted, 1/3 project-based section 8 contract with HUD rent subsides, and 1/3 from rents at the property are based on tenant incomes which are monthly contributions equal to about 30% of their adjusted income

Population Served: Housing to physically disabled people, specifically wheelchair bound

Year Built: 1974

Number of Buildings: 2 buildings

Number of Units:  18 units

Land Use Classification: R4H35, labeled as multi-family on Columbus Zoning Map

Square Footage of building: 14,000 SQFT or ½ an acre

Total Assessed value: N/A


Aesthetics: The building is a simple single story rectangle to accommodate the wheelchair handicap residents. The building is brick with dark wood fencing to enclose the back patios of each individual units. The building is simple and is definitely works well to accommodate the residents. Unfortunately while the building works well in its isolated function in context for the surrounding neighborhood the building is visually out of place on the edge of Victorian village.

Maintenance: The property is kept up nicely. The front lawn is mowed and the office door is freshly painted. The courtyard is fresh cut and has a central fountain running to keep out any traffic noise.

Nearby Businesses and type: The Ohio State University Medical campus is on the north side of the property. On the west side is the franklin county corners office and to the south and east of the building is Victorian Village. There are restaurants within the Hospital building that is close for food.

Transit: Bus stop near, but uphill from location of the housing units. There is also Uber and Lyft available in the area.  


Crime: Closest Crime was fraud three blocks away. The next closest thing is robbery at the hospital. Overall the property is quite safe and so is the surrounding area.

Property Values and Education:  The property value according to is between 48k-71k and the surrounding properties are between 180k-429k. There are a few schools on the southeast side of the property. Unfortunately the ratings of these schools also according to Zillow are 3/10 (Hubbard master School pk-6), 6/10 (Columbus Collegaite Academy 6-8), 4/10 (Indianola informal k-8), 2/10 (Weinland Park Elementary pk-5). These are not great scores and the schools lack any upper level education around the property.











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