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Franklin County making innovative investments with Federal HUD funds

The Commissioners have authorized the use of U.S. Housing & Urban Development (HUD) funds for twenty-four innovative local programs. The funding plan, totaling more than $3.5 million this year, is established annually and reported to HUD. The programs will assist over 10,000 Franklin County families and impact 1,801 jobs.

Hawthorn Grove Apartments is an example of a new construction project supported in part by HUD funds. When complete, it will offer 39 one-bedroom apartments to those disabled by mental illness, and provide residents with on-site supportive services.

Franklin County Becomes a Purple Heart County

This week, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners will designate Franklin County a Purple Heart County, honoring the courage, patriotism and personal sacrifice of the men and women who are wounded or killed while defending America’s freedoms. Commissioners will present the Military Order of the Purple Heart Buckeye Chapter 500 with a ceremonial resolution formally declaring Franklin County a Purple Heart County on August 6, 2014.

The Franklin County Courthouse (373 S. High St.) will be lit purple this week in honor of the new County designation and all the Military Service Members who have earned the Purple Heart in combat. On Friday, August 8, Franklin County residents are encouraged to participate in the first annual Purple Heart Run/Walk 5K which begins at 9 pm in Downtown Columbus.

Commissioners, Chamber Release 2014 Retail Report

Retail employment is increasing and retail vacancy rates continue to decrease, according to the 2014 Franklin County Retail Report, which was unveiled on Friday, July 11 at the Franklin County Retail Summit.

The annual event, featuring insight from industry experts, was hosted by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and the Columbus Chamber. 

Courthouse Entrance (373 S. High St) To Close

Beginning May 5, the main County Courthouse entrance (373 S. High St.), marked by two revolving doors, will be closed indefinitely due to the renovation of the Hall of Justice building.

Entry to the County Courthouse (373 S. High St.) is available at the Pavilion Entrance (365 S. High St.) and the Common Pleas Courthouse (345 S. High St.).

The renovation of the Hall of Justice is expected to be complete this fall. The repurposed facility will feature a first floor conference facility, while the Adult Probation department will occupy floors 4-6, and the Law Library will return to the tenth floor.

Eight County Buildings Join Lights Out Columbus Initiative

Every spring and fall, millions of birds migrate through Columbus on their way to or from their breeding grounds. Many birds migrate at night, and lights on tall buildings can lead to collisions with buildings or windows. Lights Out programs provide an opportunity to reduce the number of collision-related kills by reducing lighting.

Watch General Session Online

Videos of the County Commissioners' General Session meetings are now online. Click on the link below to watch the most recent meeting.

Marilyn Brown President
Paula Brooks
John O'Grady