Atlanta's preeminent organization helping homeless LGBT youths is trying to pull off a big-time renovation project in Midtown. As posted on the nonprofit's Facebook page (and reported by Project Q), Lost N Found has purchased and signed a 20-year lease for a century-old home-turned-office-building on Juniper Street. The 7,000 square-foot building is tucked away on a half-acre lot between 4th and 5th streets, and they're hoping to flip it into a temporary shelter for gay youths. With boarded up windows, latticed-off porches and an aging facade, we can only imagine what it's like inside. Goals for the three-story structure are ambitious nonetheless.
According to the Facebook post, Lost N Found estimates the complete renovation will cost "upwards of $400,000 to complete." It appears that most, if not all, of that will need to come from donations, and the group said it's necessary to have work finished by November. It all seems like a hefty task, but, as Project Q points out, this is the same group that once turned a 13,000 square-foot former art gallery into a thrift store. Work is starting sooner than later. Community clean-ups are scheduled for Jan. 18 and 25 to prep the site for heavy lifting.
Anyone recall what most recently occupied this building? Or what initially occupied it? Certain seems worth saving — and for a positive purpose, no less.
— By Curbed Atlanta contributor Tyler Estep
· Lost-n-Found Youth post [Facebook]
· Take a sneak peek at Lost N Found's big new home for gay youth [Project Q]