Columbus New Home Development

A site the Short North Posse criminal gang once called home base in Columbus will make way for six single-family residences in the coming months.

City and county officials joined Weinland Park community advocates Wednesday at the northwest corner of East Eighth Avenue and North Fourth Street for a ceremonial groundbreaking at the site where Rockford Homes will build the housing for moderate-income families.

Two apartment buildings once tagged as the headquarters of the Short North Posse stood on the property until Campus Partners for Community Urban Redevelopment, the real estate affiliate of Ohio State University, acquired them two years ago and demolished the 34 apartments at 1407 and 1415 N. Fourth St. ~ Since then the two parcels have been divided into 10 single-family housing lots.

Campus Partners will spend $881,000 of the $4.3 million it received from federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program on the project. The nonprofit organization already spent $3.4 million of the allocation on renovations to 14 other houses in Weinland Park.

Construction on the houses at Fourth and Eighth will begin the first week of September for an early 2013 completion.

The houses will be marketed to buyers with household incomes less than 120 percent of the region’s median annual household income, which is about $47,400.

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