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United Way Issues RFP for Sale of Building

December 6th, 2021

For decades, United Way of Central Ohio has occupied 360 S. Third Street, a visible corner in the southern end of downtown Columbus at the southeast corner of South Third and East Mound streets. Now, the organization is ready to sell its desirable property.

Because United Way’s mission is to improve the lives of others by mobilizing the caring power of our community, a Request for Proposal (RFP) issued today to purchase and develop the property includes a caveat: redevelopment proposals that include affordable housing will be given special consideration.

“Our mission to improve the lives of others by mobilizing the caring power of our community impacts everything we do. Central Ohio is in desperate need of affordable housing, and our property is a prime location for redevelopment, as it is conveniently located to bus lines, services and nearly 100,000 jobs in the central core of the city,” said Lisa S. Courtice, CEO and President of United Way. “We want developers to meet a critical need in the transformation of our desirable location.”

Affordable housing is generally defined as housing where the occupant pays no more than 30% of gross income for housing costs, including utilities. When selecting a successful proposal, United Way will give special consideration to projects incorporating affordable housing. However, applications that do not include an affordable housing component will also be considered. Preliminary proposals are due February 28, 2022. Top applicants will be invited to submit comprehensive plans by April 22, 2022.

A Real Estate Task Force consisting of United Way employees, board members, community volunteers and outside advisors will review all proposals submitted, invite top candidates to interview with the Task Force and provide a final recommendation to the United Way Board of Trustees. A negotiation process with the leading candidate(s) will likely be part of this process as well. The Board of Trustees will provide final approval and authorization of a purchase and sale agreement.

Battelle Memorial Institute Foundation donated the 1.08-acre site at 360. S. Third Street property to United Way of Central Ohio in 1978 for use as its headquarters. Now 43 years later, the organization is pursuing a co-location opportunity with several complementary nonprofit organizations. It’s anticipated the building will be vacated and available for redevelopment no later than December 31, 2022.

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