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In East Point, $13M mixed-use venture is moving forward on blighted lot

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Apartments planned near MARTA station for range of incomes

The East Point site in question, near Main Street and MARTA’s heavy rail.
The site in question, near Main Street and MARTA’s heavy rail. analysis

A $13-million, mixed-use venture in East Point has broken ground, promising perks that echo larger-scale developments across intown Atlanta.

A few blocks from the East Point MARTA Station and the ITP city’s downtown commercial center, the four-story Mallalieu Pointe project is claiming 2.2 acres formerly occupied by a Church Street auto lot, next door to its namesake East Point First Mallalieu United Methodist Church.

Area attractions.

The South Metro Neighbor website reports the project, which hopes to attain LEED certification, will offer 67 apartments of varied rents (including workforce housing), five street retail spaces, and a rooftop garden with Atlanta skyline views.

A cafe called Pop Stars has been signed to lease one space, the site reports.

Some East Point residents expressed concerns about the project at an April zoning meeting, fearing the affordable housing component would attract “crime and litter” and drag down property values.

The site today, with its namesake church at left.
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Officials responded that low-income housing tax credits will be reserved for working residents (earning up to 60 percent of area median income), opening the door to millennials and seniors alike but not “Section 8 public housing,” the site reports.

Have a gander at site renderings right over here.

Meanwhile, East Point officials are moving forward with ambitious PATH Foundation plans that could one day create a 25-mile network of multi-use trails across the city. And the Atlanta area’s first village of tiny homes — Eco Cottages — is moving through permitting in East Point.