PEAK is where nutritious, culturally appropriate food comes together with an educational experience like no other. Guests arriving at PEAK have three options for their dining experience:
1. A food hall-esc open seating space where multiple cuisine styles come together.
2. A fast casual experience with fresh, seasonal dishes prepared and delivered directly to your table.
3. A high-end fine bar and dining experience with open kitchen concept.
In addition to the guest experience, students receive the premiere culinary education with classes ranging from basic cooking, to high-end serving, all the way to restaurant management. These students earn not only the PEAK degree, but a joint diploma from the Columbus Culinary Institute as well as Ohio State University, thus allowing students’ applications to stand apart from those of their competitors for the same jobs.
The LIGHT Community Learning Center
In Franklinton, the number of children under the age of six is the highest proportion of the total population. There are also many parents with children who are unable to go out to work because they have to take care of their children.
The LIGHT Community Learning Center is a daycare center that provide a fun place for kids to study and play. As a community center, it is also open to parents of all children as a space for family activities that encourage children to learn and interact with their parents. At the same time, it will provide learning conditions and job opportunities for more parents who need to work. The program is designed to help families in Franklinton and build a stronger community in the future.
Franklinton Arts & Resource Center
Franklinton is seeing an unprecedented level of interest and investment that is transforming Columbus’s oldest neighborhood, and one of its most neglected. While still an up-and-coming community, Franklinton faces several issues surrounding poverty and homelessness. Located at 555 West Town Street, The Franklinton Arts and Resource Center bridges the gap between community members of various socioeconomic backgrounds by offering an environment that brings people together.
In seeing the ties between art and the revitalization of Franklinton, one theme rings true. Community builds the artists that build Columbus. The most important aspect of the center is an emphasis on art therapy as a tool to escape day to day struggles. The center also offers the resources needed to help those working toward a better future, including shower facilities, laundry, GED education, interview practice, and more. By bringing artists and community together, this space creates a safe environment for Franklinton’s street situation people to gain the resources they need and express themselves in a non-judgmental atmosphere.
Franklinton is changing; there is new construction, new residents, and new opportunities, but what about the residents that were there before all this change? Buildings such as the Gravity building and River and Rich apartments, along with many other retail spaces are going up in Franklinton, causing the housing price to triple in the last few years. Causing rent prices to increase, as well as takes locations the homeless previously could utilize. Re-Fresh aims to help the residents that have been displaced, providing a safe place to shower, do laundry, get fresh clothing, and to hang out during the day. Working to create a welcoming and safe space for the displaced and homeless to encourage repeat users Re-Fresh welcomes those that need a helping hand. Together we can empower and refresh.
FORWARD is an after school and summer community center for children and teens. The center has taken up residency in the old Kessler Store in Franklinton, OH. The Kessler Store was built in 1884 and is a community landmark. Franklinton has the highest high school dropout rate in the city. The center attempts to cater to the needs of local youth by providing a fun and conducive learning environment. FORWARD offers a multitude of different spaces in order to meet the wide variety of learning needs of its users. Their goal is to help students to graduate and develop skills, knowledge and relationships that will last a lifetime.
Inspired by the growing arts district in Franklinton and propelled by the low graduation rates of Franklinton High School students, Creative Natives Performing Arts Center was born. Creative Natives connects native Franklinton children with local artists through an after-school program built upon an alternative form of learning that relies on creative thinking.The program features a large multi-use theatre space with a large gathering stair for performances, lectures, and other community gatherings. The space also includes a word working room, an art classroom/studio, a small computer lab and recording studio as well as a generous dance hall/multi-purpose room for musical practice that can be rented for special events.
Makeshift Society introduces the high school population of Franklinton to project-based learning and entrepreneurship opportunities. It is a program that pairs students with mentors in order to build traditional curriculum skill sets in a way that is hands-on and project-based within a studio culture. Project-based learning reiterates the fact that design is not just for people who consider themselves to be creative. Creativity is something that exists within all of us and has proven time and again to be an incredibly valuable resource for people of all backgrounds. Each month, a new, locally based challenge will be taken on and it is up to the students and their mentors to generate creative solutions that can and will be directly implemented into the Franklinton community.
The problem many homes face today is how income levels effect one’s mental health. During my research I discovered that being of a lower-income household can lead to many stressors in life, which can lead to an unhealthy mental state and even depression. In addition to the negative effects low-income can have on the individuals living in Franklinton, the community will also be losing Mount Carmel West, the local hospital, where individuals make seek therapeutic treatment and relief. Based on this research, I began to design a wellness center where community members can bring their anxiety, stress, and depression to get help alongside their neighbors facing similar problems.
Further research led me to device a wellness center that comes from a holistic standpoint rather than one focus. This center would administer therapy through many approaches such as mental, medical, physical, emotional, nutritional, and playful therapy. Focused on diminishing the stigma around mental health, this center welcomes the community with open arms and aims to create a safe space where individuals can express who they are in a judgment-free zone.
Empower: Women for Women
As Franklinton expands we offer forget to look at those that were already there to begin with, and how this effects said persons. One group that especially gets overlooked is women. Here to help is Empower: Women for Women, which is a women’s center focused on women helping each other out. The center is located in the heart of Franklinton and is located in a three-story building. This space offers a variety of services to women only. Some of the services they offer are community classes, a buy-and-sell clothing store that offers pay what you can services, temporary living, and slightly longer temporary living in private small apartments. The main goal of Empower is to get women back up on their feet to be able to fend for themselves and their children.
Interplay is a coworking space for nonprofit and startup organizations located in Franklinton. Its mission is to attract aid for local issues and commerce for the local economy. It does so by solving issues that nonprofits have when finding an office space, such as affordable rent and amenities. Interplay also houses a consulting firm, which is a valuable resource for small nonprofits and startups. Public spaces, like a coffee shop, event space, and lecture room, bring in the community and keep them informed on the work and services being done by the nonprofits at Interplay. Part of the revenue from these public spaces is then contributed to the fundraising efforts of these nonprofits, creating a symbiotic relationship between the community and nonprofit organizations at Interplay.
Franklinton, Ohio is poverty ridden with 41.8% of residents living below the poverty line. The closest grocery store is two miles away, making it a food desert. Residents are also losing access to their healthcare provider since Mount Carmel West is moving out of town. I wanted to combat all of these issues at the root cause through a market without gentrifying Franklinton. Residents will have easy access through the COTA bus route to this multi-use grocery store. On the first floor, they can grab a quick pre-made meal, order fresh made-to-order meals at the café, or buy healthy in-house grown food to cook at home. Sample stations are provided for customers to sample and learn about the food being sold at Root Market. No matter what they chose, they will be eating a low-cost, healthy meal. On the second level, there is a rotating healthcare provider and hydroponic gardens.
The Ability Center
The Ability Center is an educational resource hub for young adults with Down syndrome who are transitioning out of high school. Located in the emerging arts district of Franklinton, this center provides job training, work experience, and recreational classes for students. Community engagement is encouraged through the inclusion of a public café, open art gallery, and Advocacy Center.
Due to the high poverty rate in this area, local high schools lack funding to provide adequate educational resources for students. This causes special education programs to suffer and students requiring extra help receive minimal assistance. By partnering with these schools, The Ability Center can provide essential transitional resources for these students.
Rise Women’s Resource and Rehabilitation Center
RISE is Franklinton, OH’s first Women’s Resource and Rehabilitation Center. Originally intended to provide necessities and resources for formerly incarcerated women, RISE services all women from varying backgrounds. The program is constructed around the principle that advocating for personal healing and providing a safe place is required to facilitate growth and change in other areas of women’s lives. The building simultaneously fosters connection and community through multiple gathering spaces. The building in which RISE inhabits is Engine House 6. The building was chosen based off it’s symbolism as a community resource as well as it’s Romanesque arches, which symbolize change and transformation in a spiritual sense.
Constellation Kitchen & Market
The city of Franklinton is in the midst of a state of change. New businesses, residential buildings and development are moving into the area and bringing a lot of people with it. The local, native residents of Franklinton have historically lacked opportunity dedicated to enabling them to help themselves. With emerging growth in the area, Constellation Kitchen & Market seeks to be a resource for locals who need a leg up in launching a business in the culinary industry. Constellation is a combination of a culinary incubator and food hall. The incubator is dedicated to providing commercial cooking space, resources, mentorships and collaborative partnerships. The food hall element allows those members to sell their goods while creating a public environment aimed at fostering a strong sense of community, purpose and enjoyment.
One of the greatest problems in Franklinton is access to food. The closest grocery store is 2.6 miles away which takes about 40 minutes by bus. People are suffering food insecurity and low consciousness of health diet.
Voluntourism is a new trend of tourism which allow visitors participate in voluntary work during their vacation. Treehouse is a multi-functional hostel introducing volunteering tourism into Franklinton by working with local non-profit organization, Franklinton farms.
The aim of TREEHOUSE is to provide fresh food access to Franklinton and offer short-term residence for volunteers from the organization. Treehouse includes a market, hostel rooms, and an open gathering space for the locals and volunteers from all over the world.