Local developers plan to convert a historic Inman Park church into six high-end condominiums — for real this time. Jack Williams of Kairos Development Corporation tells Curbed that his group is "extremely close" to finishing the approval processes necessary to renovate the Lizzie Chapel, a circa-1930 church near Euclid Avenue's confluence with Edgewood Avenue, near Krog Street Market and other attractions. Though Williams stressed that nothing was finalized, he said the project could divide the existing building into six, 2,500 square-foot condos, each with three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. Floor plans and renderings aren't ready for release, but another official affiliated with the project said to expect "six unique plans with luxury finishes, some with very high ceilings."
Williams said design of the "Lizzie Chapel Flats" has been inspired by a similar restoration effort in Tribeca, New York. And while the redesign is expected to retain much of the chapel's character, there will be a few changes; for instance, the church's stained-glass windows and steeple were both added in the '70s or '80s and will not be retained, Williams said. The windows will be replaced by non-stained glass versions akin to the ones installed during original construction. Williams said his group hopes to have the project ready to market by the end of the summer or early fall. No firm prices have been established.
Kairos bought the Lizzie Chapel in October, and they aren't the first ones to attempt a residential revival with the property. According to a Feb. 2013 report by East Atlanta Patch, an arm of KW Commercial bought the property at that time hoping to convert it into a massive single-family home. That failed project came about six months after another group had announced plans to turn he church into 10 three-story townhomes. But the market in general — and the Inman Park submarket in particular — has changed significantly since then.
— By Curbed Atlanta contributor Tyler Estep