Gahanna Welcomes Walnut Trace

On November 4, National Church Residences held the grand opening and ribbon cutting for Walnut Trace, a robust new apartment community that provides housing for active seniors aged 55 and older.

“With more than 60 percent of our citizens being lifelong residents of Gahanna, the need to provide updated and diverse housing stock to satisfy all stages of life is critical. Walnut Trace represents the next tier of housing to support our senior population, allowing for the revolving opportunities of housing that meet the needs of all levels of families here in Gahanna,” said Laurie Jadwin, Mayor of Gahanna.

Situated at 389 Olde Ridenour Road across from the Gahanna Municipal Golf Course, the 4-acre, $21 million campus hosts 93 living units available in one- or two-bedroom floor plans. Residents can relax at the on-site bistro, library, craft room, or fitness center. Walnut Trace was designed for relationship building between tenants, and additional housing perks include covered parking, a convenience store, and nearby access to McCorkle Park.

“With its strategic location near the City’s Creekside area and various recreation opportunities nearby, Walnut Trace will certainly provide a boost to the City’s overall quality of life for our active seniors,” said Nate Strum, Gahanna’s Economic Development Director.

For over five years, the City of Gahanna has been dedicated to bringing a senior living facility into this location. From 2016 to 2019, this district was rezoned specifically to support the immediate, high demand for new senior housing stock.

“The City first changed the zoning code to only allow senior living facilities in this multifamily residential district,” shared Michael Blackford, Director of Planning for the City of Gahanna. “Then in 2019, plans were approved to permit a 93-unit, four-story senior living facility for National Church Residences.”

George Tabit, Vice President of National Church Residences, worked closely with the City of Gahanna throughout the permitting and entitlement processes. Although the housing project investment exceeds $20 million, no economic development incentive programs from the City of Gahanna were used to facilitate the project.

The new property was designed by Berardi + Partners. The construction loan was backed by Heartland Bank, and Elford Construction was the general contractor.

To learn more about Walnut Trace, visit nationalchurchresidences.org/communities/walnut-trace/. To learn more about the City of Gahanna’s economic development programs, visit gahanna.gov/growwithus.