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Breaking Ground on a New Home for Seniors

8/23/2019 | Recent News

National Church Residences will be transforming First Community Village’s campus over the next two years with additional common spaces inside the Chelsea, more outdoor features for residents to enjoy and the construction of the Fairfax, a 70-unit apartment complex for independent living. The organization is reinvesting in this community, located at 1800 Riverside Drive in Columbus, Ohio, so it can continue to serve the needs of seniors in this area.

The four-story Fairfax will offer seniors a smart gym, juice bar, spa and many more amenities – all designed to help residents remain healthy and live independently. While the apartments are designed for dual occupancy, the organization anticipates housing an estimated 130 new residents. Currently, 302 residents live on the First Community Village campus. 

A groundbreaking ceremony was held today on the campus to celebrate the start of this $37 million project. Construction is expected to wrap-up in the summer of 2021 and residents will move into the Fairfax upon the building passing all of its inspections. The new amenities and upgrades to the campus are designed to advance the lives of the seniors living at First Community Village, enabling them to remain home for life.


Since First Community Village opened its doors in 1963, it has been a standard-bearer for senior living. It was the first continual care retirement community in Columbus and even today very few can match its depth of services, spanning from independent to assisted living, as well as memory care, rehabilitation and skilled nursing care.

About National Church Residences

National Church Residences serves more than 42,000 seniors through its array of housing and health care services. The not-for-profit organization is driven by a vision of advancing better living for all seniors, enabling them to remain home for life. With 340 communities in 25 states and Puerto Rico, it is the nation’s largest not-for-profit provider of affordable senior housing and the largest manager of service coordinators. The organization also offers residential senior communities, home and community-based services, as well as permanent supportive housing for the formerly homeless and disabled. For more information, visit us at and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube