Hydro Café and Garden Market is a fresh start to a healthier and more sustainable community in Franklinton, Ohio. This project aims to alleviate the economic and social issues by supplying nutritional food to a neighborhood that has no grocery stores. The renovated building will be filled with produce grown with indoor hydroponic farming. Hydroponics is a sustainable, labor-efficient method to grow small crops in an urban setting. Less light and pesticides are needed to grow the plants indoors because they are not exposed to the harsh outdoor environment. The market will cater to the residents who live next door in Franklin Station, a residential community that houses adults with disabilities, and adults who have experienced homelessness. These residents will have access to cooking classes, community dinners and jobs.
Opioids are the second most used drug in the Columbus, behind alcohol. Heroin and prescription opioids are more available than they have ever been. Franklinton has the second most deaths from opioid overdose in Columbus, with 72% of those being males with the majority age between 30-39 years old.
With these deaths leaves single mothers and their children to provide for themselves. They also may not be able to cope emotional and mental struggles that come with the loss of a partner/spouse, as well as being the sole provider of their family.
A wellness center can help restore the area by providing resources and jobs that help families have a better quality of life. In order to do so, the design will be playful, yet inviting, utilizing the main doors as a feature. The interrelation of spaces will promote efficiency, in that people can interact with other families.
The Giving Tree Marketplace
The Giving Tree Marketplace is a low cost grocery concept intended to improve the fresh food availability to the residents in Franklinton, Ohio. By collaborating with Mid-Ohio Food Bank, the market will provide fresh, generously donated food at reduced costs to residents and those in need. Engine House 10 is located in the heart of the community of West Franklinton, the perfect candidate for an adaptive reuse market - bringing the food to the area where people need it most. Franklinton is a city in need, but it is important that we preserve the essence of the community: the people. At The Giving Tree we can foster and care for the roots of the community to grow a better Franklinton for the future.
Become, the holistic beauty shop
The neighborhood of Franklinton, Columbus is a place most known for its crime and drug use. 61% of households in Franklinton are single mothers. With this, many families are living below the poverty level. I have revitalized a historic building in Franklinton to cater to the single mothers and women of Franklinton. Become is a place for the women of Franklinton to come and find and recognize their purest self. With a programing inspired by the work of psychologist Abraham Maslow, one would be able to find self-actualization. With this comes confidence, determination and self-awareness. Become is also a place of celebration and appreciation of the heroes that these women are.
SOA: A Center for Neurodiversity
Neurodiversity is the diversity of the human brain. It includes differences such as ADHD, Asperger’s, Autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, Tourette Syndrome, etc. There are millions of people in our communities who have divergent brains. What is available for these students in schools does not address all the students’ social, emotional and cognitive needs.
The design challenge for this project was to rehab an existing building in Franklinton, Ohio to address the needs of the local population. In Franklinton, “37% of households” are below poverty level. Neurodivergent students in this neighborhood face the challenges of poverty, and sometimes neglect and abuse on top of a diagnosis, exacerbating issues and symptoms.
SOAR, a center for neurodiversity, is a place that offers tailored educational opportunities and encourages community for neurodivergent students (K-12) in Franklinton. SOAR is a positive, optimistic space that teaches students from a strength-based perspective. Parents are assisted in caring for their child to help alleviate caregiver fatigue. Trainings are offered for families and the community-at-large to help everyone better understand neurodiversity.
Make Lemonade: Food & Social Justice
The greatest challenges in the Franklinton area is access to food. This manifests itself in various ways within the community, as an economic challenge or an issue of physical proximity. The neighborhood is also facing the loss of a unified, collective voice. With many changes occurring in the downtown area, many residence of feel unnoticed and unheard.
The backbone of every community starts with well-fed, healthy individuals who feel driven toward a sense of purpose. Make Lemonade is a grocery store, community center concept. Operated by a social impact firm, the grocery store provides fresh, healthy, and affordable food. As part of a zero-waste initiative, Make Lemonade will also host free community meals to limit product waste from the market. A community gathering space allows a space for community members to meet and collaborate with the Social Impact Firm.
High on Broad
This project will be focused on creating a long term rehabilitation center for men in Franklinton, Ohio. The main method of treatment: medical marijuana. This, along with physical and mental health services, will help patients return to an addiction free life. The old Engine House no. 10 will house this project.
Provide a place in which people, who have faced addiction to opioids, can seek help and receive in-patient care.
Help to provide clean medicinal marijuana to act as a non-lethal replacement painkiller to opioids. The main objective is to prevent relapses.
Help to fight the opioid epidemic in Franklinton.
Founded in 1797, the Franklinton community has a lot of historic relevance to Columbus, Ohio. It is for this reason that it is so sad to see the neighborhood declining in value over time. There are many efforts trying to be made to revitalize this community, but much of it comes from outside sources that do not have the native residents’ best ideas at heart. Part of the problem here is the poverty levels, which occur due to lack of work for residents. It is possible that this is partly due to the lack of education or job training for residents.
Looking at the local school systems, which are some of the worst in the entire city of Columbus, and the potential correlation to the lack of mentorship opportunities for kids beyond primary school, it may be important to address these issues starting with students at the age where they are making big decisions that are impacting the rest of their lives.
My aim is to create a program that caters to the student needs in Franklinton, by providing a mentorship and life skill center for those who are left out by typical community funding. Engaging middle and high school students in a curriculum that is driven by their interests in a design related field will allow them to have authority over their lives and learn entrepreneurship and creative skills that can last them a lifetime.
Several artistic spaces have begun to pop up in Franklinton, such as The Idea Foundry and the Steam Factory at 400 West Rich Street. This new community of maker spaces creates an opportunity for people in the area to explore more creative avenues, and to embrace the idea of career choices in fields that may have never been open to them in the past.
With the goal of improving primary education in Franklinton Ohio, The VIZ is an Opportunity Center that will allow already existing educational organizations to have a place to operate, along with providing the youth with the resources they need to succeed through and beyond high school. The VIZ includes a space for these organizations to thrive, a mentoring program, a staffed resource center, an open gathering space to generate revenue, and a coffee shop. The goal of the VIZ is not only to help the children of Franklinton learn for a better future, but to instill a sense of community among them.
Franklinton TECH is an informative experience that allows teens and young adults to explore potential career paths for their future. This facility connects locals to professionals in Columbus through hands on experiences in the field of technology. Franklinton TECH uses digital walls in various applications that engage its community and encourages collaboration.
With a population of 10,245, only 40 percent of people living in Franklinton have completed high school education. Among the population ages 16 to 35, only 37 percent are currently attending school and 35 percent are unemployed. Franklinton TECH, located at 553 West Rich Street, offers education with technical skills such as coding, app development, and building hardware. Franklinton TECH is a social enterprise that is supported by a cafe and tech bar that offers tech services to the community as well as employment to community members. The goal for Franklinton TECH is to offer new experiences in technology and to allow community members to create connections with professionals that could advance their own future professional careers.
Franklinton has no grocery stores; the nearest is a 30 minute bus ride away. Studies overwhelmingly indicate that people living in communities without a supermarket suffer from disproportionately high rates of diet-related health issues, and Franklinton is no exception. Nutrition education incorporating hands-on cooking has ben proven to improve nutrient intake in people from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. After taking classes at a teaching kitchen, participants eat out less while gaining the ability to prepare fast, inexpensive meals. Franklinton Farms is working to address hunger by growing local, affordable produce in Franklinton. An administrative hub, food production facility, market, and teaching kitchen, Franklinton Market gives residents access to easy, affordable meals for the very first time.
Moms Makin' Moves
Mothers all over the country are faced with challenges in supporting their children. This project addresses that issue here in Columbus. This particular group of people might need more support than a single individual; Moms Makin’ Moves aims to provide that. This project will support young women in the Franklinton area by providing affordable housing, as well as employment, and experience through a bakery on the first floor. Providing these mothers with basic necessities like a safe place to raise their families, and a job with flexible hours and a living wage will contribute to the existing population of women in the neighborhood. In turn, it will support the current residents of Franklinton. While there are several programs that support females, this particular project will focus on the idea of social enterprise; allowing the bakery to support the goal of supporting single mothers.
By utilizing a space in Franklinton as a bakery, and housing unit, moms will be able to (1) safely raise their children, be employed, and (2) contribute to the Franklinton community both socially and economically.
Franklinton Native is a Volunteer Hostel in Franklinton, Ohio, with an outreach program that is dedicated to serving the community and its ever-changing needs. Our current mission is to prevent infant mortality through the care, education, and support of expectant mothers and infants in Franklin County. Travelers can volunteer within the community through our outreach program in exchange for a night’s stay.
With residential and retail development in the works, Franklinton will undergo a major transformation in the next few years. Franklinton’s hospitality industry must be able to attract and support an influx of new visitors. With currently only three motels, including Travelodge, Knights Inn, and Inn Towne Motel, there is a dire need for overnight accommodations in the area and a unique opportunity to bring the hostel experience to Columbus. It is undeniable that there is a market for an affordable getaway for young travelers and Columbus natives alike.
CrossRoads is a program developed specifically for Fire Station 6 in Franklinton, Ohio. To address issues facing the community, CrossRoads targets two main groups: those who left high school early without graduating, and young businesses looking to grow. By teaching those who left high school early technical skills in areas like computer science and graphic design, the main goal of CrossRoads is to connect these trained individuals with the young business professionals. This provides the businesses with experienced workers, and gives the workers a viable career in the community as it seeks to grow. Social areas amidst offices and classrooms allow the groups to mingle and get to know each other, with the café being the centerpiece on the second floor. The hope is that these connections result in both a stronger community and a more developed economy.
Across the Scioto River from Columbus, Ohio lies a neighborhood called Franklinton. Despite its rich history and up-and-coming arts district, this neighborhood still faces many underlying problems. Among those socio-economic problems is the opioid epidemic that plagues not only Franklinton, but the state of Ohio as a whole. Over 2,590 Ohioans died from opiate overdoses in 2014 and there are not nearly enough resources in Franklinton to lower that number. At 1096 W. Broad Street, an opportunity exists to create a healthy detox environment where an inpatient community can work alongside staff to have a successful recovery from addiction. While paying homage to Franklinton’s history and architecture, Enginehouse #10 is a great place to start rebuilding Franklinton and rebuilding its residents. This is The Pathway to recovery.
The opioid crisis is a tragic situation across the nation, but it has taken a particularly unprecedented toll on many individuals and families in central Ohio. Ohio has been greatly affected by the opioid crisis and the number of deaths from heroin overdoses continues to grow at an alarming rate. Lighthouse is designed for the community of Franklinton, specifically those impacted by opioid addiction or those who are already on their road to recovery. This new treatment center goes far beyond existing centers because it includes innovative, research proven methods to combat addiction through incorporation of nature and technology in addition to common practice of existing centers. Lighthouse also attempts to be the center of hope for an underserved community, and a resource that helps individuals on their personal journey, while bringing them side by side to combat addiction together.