Franklinton Rising transforming homes & lives

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The latest home renovation project in the west Columbus neighborhood of Franklinton is transforming more than homes.

The non-profit group called Franklinton Rising held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday to celebrate a newly completed renovation project of a home on Chicago Avenue. The group is giving at-risk youth an opportunity to work alongside skilled contractors to learn valuable building trade skills.

18-year old Quinton Mayle is one of the teens who helped transform the once dilapidated house.

"We sanded a lot. Cleaned. Did a lot of cleaning," laughed Mayle.

10TV visited the house in August when it was still in shambles. Organizers said the house taught kids more than how to hold a paint brush. The president of Franklinton Uprising, Tom Heffner, said students are learning life skills.

"What about showing up on time? What about showing up at all?" said Heffner.

After months of hard work, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther joined the group Monday to show off the most recent renovation in Franklinton which has enjoyed a recent surge of new brew pubs, a restaurant, and an arts complex.

Franklinton Rising said the project taught kids there's no limit to what you can do with a diamond in the rough.

"That's what this house represented. Now, it's something beautiful. And that's what we hope for them...that their lives are going to turn out to be something really beautiful," said Heffner.

Franklinton Rising is planning two more classes next year and another renovation right next door.