North of Broad

Developer: Homeport
Architect/Lead Design: Sullivan Bruck and Scott Baker
Construction: KMM Builders and Egner Construction
Project Location: Scattered Sites (approx. 40 acres) in the North of Broad Neighborhood (Mount Vernon Avenue to Long Street between 18th and 22nd Streets)
Project Type: Single Family Residential Affordable Housing |3 BR, 2 Bath, 1200-1400 sq. ft.

Project Summary

In 2005, Homeport began a comprehensive effort to support revitalization of the historic King-Lincoln District just east of downtown Columbus. Concentrated in an area dubbed “North of Broad,” Homeport’s investment includes 66 new and renovated single-family homes for buyers of varying income levels. This neighborhood, affectionately known as “NoBo,” is located on transit lines and is walkable to services, shopping, parks and other amenities.

Homes in NoBo are 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom and range in size from 1200 to 1400 square feet. This project set a new neighborhood standard for energy efficiency and features Ohio’s first affordable LEED Platinum single-family home. A host of green features includes:

Water Usage

  • Low flow toilets and faucet fixtures
  • Rain garden and landscaping
  • Drought resistant plants and low-mow/no-water turf


  • Metal, durable, and recyclable metal roof
  • Hardwood flooring
  • Wood cabinets made from repurposed Forest Stewardship Council-certified formaldehyde-free wood
  • Minimal construction waste – less than 2.4 pounds
  • Composition beams used instead of solid lumber

Energy Usage

  • This house uses 72% less energy than other houses
  • 97% efficient furnace
  • Continuous foam insulation
  • Two Kilowatts of gridded solar photovoltaic panels
  • Apricus solar thermal system provides up to 70% of the domestic hot water needs.

While work remains to be done, quality of life for residents of the King-Lincoln District has changed substantially over the last decade – a change that would not have happened without the vision and collaborative efforts of both private and public leadership.

[Courtesy of Homeport]