The Atlanta Beltline took a very public drubbing last year for falling far short of its affordable housing goals thus far, but news from Southwest Atlanta this week provides the latest anecdotal example that tides may be beginning to turn.
Beltline officials announced the development of a 91-unit senior housing project in Adair Park set to rise on Murphy Avenue, a few blocks from the Beltline’s Westside Trail and Urban Farm and—in the other direction—MARTA’s West End station.
The $15 million project, called Adair Court, will earmark 85 percent of its homes as affordable, while the rest will go for market rate, officials said. Beyond walkability, amenities will include a community garden, computer lab, workout facilities, on-site laundry, and picnic area.
A $500,000 BeltLine Affordable Housing Trust Fund loan from Invest Atlanta to The Woda Group Inc. and Parallel Housing Inc. is moving the project forward.
In a broad sense, a project like Adair Court and the Beltline’s nearby Murphy Crossing development “position the area along the Westside Trail as an imminent redevelopment node with the potential to generate jobs, housing, and economic activity along the transportation corridor,” officials noted in a press release.
Building ground-up affordable senior housing isn’t entirely new for the Beltline’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
In Reynoldstown, the group contributed $1.5 million to the 70-unit Reynoldstown Senior Residences project by Mercy Housing Southeast in 2015.
And dotted across the city, other affordable housing projects—or market-rate ventures with affordable components—are underway with support from both the Beltline and Invest Atlanta, as officials noted.
Those include Phoenix House (69 units), Gateway Capitol View (160 units), and the quickly rising Edge project (36 units) by North American Properties.