Franklinton

Franklinton is a neighborhood bordered by the Scioto River on the north and east, Harmon Avenue on the east, Stimmel Road and Greelawn Avenue on the south, and Interestate-70 on the west.

Franklinton is home to McKinley Park, Cody Park, and Maurice Gates Memorial Park which are filled with picnic areas, athletic fields, and playgrounds for residents and visitors to enjoy—these parks also host a variety of events like Rhythm on the River and Waterfire. Franklinton is home to several recreational centers including the Dodge Recreation Center and Sullivant Gardens Community Center, which provide athletic fields and swimming pools for the community. Also a hub for social spaces and restaurants, Franklinton is home to hot spots such as 400 West Rich, Rehab Tavern, and Urban Scrawl to name a few.

Once destroyed by floods, Franklinton today is an urban neighborhood which is home to 36,000 residents. The Franklinton Floodwall (completed in 2004) has led to more development pushing the neighborhood to a gradual incline.

There are well over 5,000 housing units in Franklinton making it a neighborhood full of residential opportunities. Visit Metro-Rentals to explore.

With a bright future, you might wonder how it all started. Franklinton (named in honor Benjamin Franklin) was founded in 1795 by Lucas Sullivant who received the land as payment for work completed for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Shortly after establishing the village a flood submerged the land and Sullivant and others abandoned the area, and moved a mile away. During this time Franklinton converted from a farming community to an urban society known for railroad cars and horse-drawn buggies. Though growth continued, frequent flooding became a major issue when the Scioto River rose 12 feet in 1866.

There are several notable floods that changed Franklinton indefinitely. In 1913 the wooden levees that held the Scioto River collapsed, resulting in the Great Flood of1913--ninety three people died from this flood, and 20,000 were left homeless. Property values dropped as much as 50%. This flood resulted in some of the first watershed planning to take place. The last major flood to affect the area was the 1959 Flood, which was partly caused due to frozen ground and high water levels in the Scioto River caused by rapid rain. In 1983 Franklinton was dubbed a floodplain, which restricted any new developments in the area which caused a major population decline.

With a bright future and flood preventative measures in place, the City of Columbus is working to create a new Short North style neighborhood in Franklinton by pushing creative and art initiatives to the area. Visit Franklinton to stay informed on the resurgence of Franklinton.

 

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