American Addition Public/Private Partnership
When former City of Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman made it is his personal goal to revitalize this community neighborhood, EMH&T played a key role in facilitating the shared goals of the City and Homeport/Columbus Housing Partnership. Because both entities required infrastructure improvements to complete the redevelopment, EMH&T assisted them in leveraging funding, schedules, materials, phasing, etc. From an engineering standpoint, EMH&T prepared utility and roadway plans to update the infrastructure for the entire neighborhood and provided recommendations for sustainable design. Over the next decade, a total of approximately 150 energy efficient homes are expected to be built within the neighborhood. The first phase of houses is currently under construction. The television show, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, delivered awareness and recognition of American Addition to the masses when it aired a special on the neighborhood in late 2011.