The Columbus Dispatch
A for-profit social enterprise is proposing to bring 200 new jobs to Franklinton by creating a call center in former medical offices in the area of Mount Carmel West hospital.
The proposal will be presented Monday at a meeting of the Ohio Controlling Board as part of a request for funding.
The state’s Development Services Agency will ask that the controlling board loan $7.6 million to help Fortuity Holding LLC, buy, renovate and expand the real estate at 750 Mount Carmel Mall.
The development would create 200 “living-wage call-center jobs,” according to the proposal.
“We literally can walk with somebody from pretty close to minimum wage skills all the way to $25-an-hour permanent job with benefits,” said Fred Brothers, the investor and entrepreneur who founded Fortuity Holding, the real-estate holding company for Fortuity Calling. “For a lot of them, this would be best opportunity they’ve had.”
The proposal would bring jobs to Franklinton and the Hilltop, areas that will be more in need than ever after the Mount Carmel West hospital closes next year.
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