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In Midtown Atlanta, 149 affordable units get needed overhaul

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Dated tower at 10th and Juniper streets is getting update, will remain affordable

A beige and white residential tower amid the trees in Midtown.
The spruced-up tower.
Surber Barber Choate + Hertlein

The heart of Midtown is hardly a neighborhood considered “affordable” these days. While a few options exist, high-rise units tend to cost serious dough.

Understandably, some Atlantans became concerned when construction fencing went up around one of the few affordable housing towers at 10th and Juniper streets. After all, construction usually means higher prices.

It turns out the circa-1974 tower is being transformed but will remain an affordable option for underprivileged Atlantans when it reopens next January, officials said in a press release this week.

Columbia Residential is leading the charge on a renovation that will go beyond simply sprucing up the building’s 149 units.

The building in November.
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Plans call for a new energy efficient facade system, covered terrace and outdoor patio, new community space and exam room, business center, fitness center, and new systems throughout the building.

Designed by Surber Barber Choate + Hertlein, the building will serve low-income seniors and those with disabilities. According to a press release, 30 apartments will be for those who earn 50 percent of the area median household income, with the remaining units for residents earning 60 percent of the area median household income.

With residents now temporarily relocated, construction is underway, and all residents who wish to return to the building after the project is complete will be welcomed back, officials said.