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CVS Health will invest $13.7 million to renovate Rosewind in South Linden

Jim Woods
jwoods@dispatch.com
The Rosewind development in South Linden opened in 1998 on the site of the old Windsor Terrace apartment development. Rosewind has a lower-density, with 160 townhouses and 70 single-family houses, creating more of a neighborhood feel.

CVS Health announced Wednesday that it will invest $13.7 million to help renovate the Rosewind complex in the South Linden neighborhood, improve the community center and provide onsite community health programs there for residents.

The investment is part of the drug store chain’s nationwide commitment of nearly $600 million over five years to address issues of racial inequality and social determinants of health in Black communities. The commitment includes an emphasis on increasing access to affordable housing, which is linked to positive health outcomes.

About 95% of the residents at the 230-unit Rosewind complex are Black and have an average household income of less than $17,000. Average life expectancy in South Linden is just under 70 years, seven years less than the average of all of Franklin County.

“When people have access to high-quality, affordable housing, it puts them in a better position to improve their overall well-being, including taking care of their health or managing a chronic disease,” said David Casey, chief diversity officer for CVS Health.

“One aspect of our commitment to address racial inequality is addressing social determinants of health -- like housing -- at the community level, which where we can make a meaningful impact.”

Some of the new community programs that CVS hopes to help sponsor include on-site health screenings, health and wellness programming with Healthcare Collaborative of Greater Columbus, an educational cooking series with nonprofit Local Matters to increase access to fresh foods and teach residents how to make healthy meals, and programs promoting maternal health.

The latter are aimed at targeting an infant mortality rate 300% higher in South Linden than elsewhere in the county, data shows.

CVS Health will work with the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority and the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing on the project.

Rosewind opened in 1998 on the site of the old Windsor Terrace apartment development east of Cleveland Avenue, north of 11th Avenue. Rosewind has a lower-density with 160 townhouses and 70 single-family houses, creating more of a neighborhood feel.

The CVS contribution will be targeted on helping to renovate all 230 units, spending an average of $50,000 per unit in rehab and repairs. The money will also be used toward significant improvements to the local community center and to support new community health programs.

The Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority, which manages Rosewind, is planning $250 million in new investments in affordable housing this year.

“Stable housing provides a solid foundation, but people also need access to health care, employment, training and other services to reach their fullest potential,” said CMHA President and CEO Charles Hillman.

“We’re excited to collaborate with CVS Health to provide new opportunities for our residents and revitalize the Linden community,” Hillman said.

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