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Affordable Housing Finance Magazine


Project: Gateway Apartments
Location: Columbus, Ind.
Architect: RDL Architects
Developers: Jonesboro Investments Corp. and Thrive Alliance

Gateway Apartments fills a big hole in the urban fabric of a downtown historic neighborhood in Columbus, Ind.

Formerly a large industrial brownfield site with a gritty foundry plant in the middle of an active residential neighborhood, the 60-unit affordable housing community for families was co-developed by Jonesboro Investments Corp. and Thrive Alliance with the help of RDL Architects.

Kevin Dreyfuss-Wells, senior project manager at RDL, says it was important to have the right density and scale for the development to transition into the surrounding neighborhood.

The architect opted for developing the project at an intermediate scale, what Dreyfuss-Wells refers to as the “missing middle,” something more common almost a century ago with smaller, walk-up buildings.

“From an urban design perspective, we see a gap in the product out there that maybe 80 or 90 years ago was more common,” says Dreyfuss-Wells. “[Intermediate scale] has a lot of advantages. We have 60 units divided among nine buildings.”

The three-story walk-up buildings, which range in size from four to 10 spacious two- and three-bedroom units, line the street. The 10-unit buildings have two-story townhomes on the end to serve as the gateways into the site and bring the development down to the residential scale. In addition, the architect selected careful brick detailing, varied rooflines, and brightly colored awnings to respect the surrounding residential styles.

The $10.7 million development, which was primarily financed through low-income housing tax credits and completed in April, earned Gold certification under the National Green Building Standard.

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About RDL

RDL Architects is a nationally recognized, award-winning architecture firm headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio and is licensed throughout the United States.