I arrived in Franklinton in 1958 when I married Jan, an original Franklintonian. We didn’t have two cents to rub together and her parents, who lived on Avondale Avenue, took us in. I was trying to attend OSU and working part time. Our first son was born there and shortly after I took a regular job with the railroad. Wanting to spread our wings we took an apartment on the east side where our second son was born, a livable apartment but we wanted a place of our own. We looked around some but Franklinton beckoned and in 1961 we found a home on Hayden Avenue where we still live. The neighborhood was wonderful. Most homes were occupied by owners and most doubles were also owner occupied. All was well for about 20 years but many of the homeowners were elderly and they began to pass away and their homes became rentals. Some of the homes began to fall into disrepair because of the federal flood plain restriction but those folks who stayed held our block together. All of Franklinton suffered in the same manner with many blocks much, much worse.
Over 100 new builds and many super rehabs now grace our streets. An East Franklinton Creative Community District Plan is nearing acceptance. 154 senior apartments had been built, 100 more are under construction for people at risk and a new apartment complex for the Mount Carmel School of Nursing is fully occupied.
All this in 8 short years. The new building hasn’t hit my street yet. But it will!