Columbus-based national retailer Value City Furniture has launched a partnership with Homeport, choosing to redesign the community center of Marsh Run, Homeport’s flagship apartment complex.
Value City Furniture is donating approximately $20,000 in furniture and design materials to turn the community center into a welcoming space where children can learn, parents can relax and families can gather.
"At Value City Furniture, we believe that everyone has the right to a well-furnished life,” said Value City Furniture President Jonathan Schottenstein. “We want to make that possible in our own backyard, starting with the people at Marsh Run Apartments by creating a comfortable, inviting space where they can create lifelong memories and celebrate life’s greatest moments with friends and family.”
Opened in Columbus in the year 2000, Homeport’s Marsh Run Apartments has 576 residents in 184 two-, three- and four-bedroom units.
Its community center is primarily used for children’s after-school educational activities and summertime programs. The improvements will enhance that use and expand the center’s appeal to adult residents.
“Our residents deserve a welcoming, relaxing and inspiring place that they can be proud to call home, and we intend to create that,” said Homeport President and CEO Bruce Luecke.
The improvements are expected by late July.
In addition to updating the space for use in after-school programming, the design team also plans to create a comfortable reading nook, a lounge area for informal gatherings and relaxation, computer work stations for children and adults, displays for artwork completed by children in the community and much more.
To help make this dream a reality, Value City Furniture and Homeport have enlisted a local interior decorator, Veronica Bradley with Veronica Bradley Interiors. Bradley is donating her services to design the new space.
Painting and installation will be done by Value City Furniture employees.
The new center will be revealed to residents at a reveal party, complete with food, music and activities, following installation.
“We’re proud of our Columbus roots and honored to collaborate with other Columbus-based organizations like Homeport and Veronica Bradley Interiors to address the affordable housing crisis in our own community,” said Schottenstein.
“This is more than a furniture donation; we truly hope this project gives the deserving residents of Marsh Run a place to celebrate everything from a child’s strong report card to a parent’s new job to a simple get-together to watch a sporting event or enjoy a meal – everyday moments that make life great.”