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First look: Along prominent Oakhurst street, housing hub is claiming large parking lot

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Expect live-work townhomes and million-dollar houses next to a church on Decatur’s southern flank

A rendering of three townhouses with shops beneath them.
Four of 10 townhomes will be live-work units, as seen along College Avenue, a main artery into Decatur.
Renderings, design by Turco McCarthy Architecture, courtesy of Cablik Enterprises

The years-long development trend that’s seen intown properties belonging to—or adjacent to—churches make way for housing is continuing along Oakhurst’s College Avenue.

As with a historic sanctuary in Druid Hills and, more recently, a large demolished church in Kirkwood, residential development has come to the doorstep of Thankful Missionary Baptist Church, claiming a large surface parking lot next door.

That’s where groundwork is being laid for a community called Elle at Oakhurst, where a first phase is expected to open in summer 2020, across the street from The Imperial, a neighborhood restaurant and pub.

A parking lot construction site with red mud.
The site this week with College Avenue at right, and the church beyond.
Curbed Atlanta

Alan Cablik, president of Cablik Enterprises, the project’s builder, tells Curbed Atlanta that Elle will entail three large single-family houses and 10 townhomes.

Four of the townhomes will be live-work units, lending a more active vibe at their bases.

Priced from $699,000, the townhomes will span about 2,600 square feet with three bedrooms, Cablik says.

The standalone houses, meanwhile, will ask $1.2 million and up. Turco McCarthy Architecture is handling the community’s design.

A construction site of red mud with a church beyond.
The view this week from Mead Road.
Curbed Atlanta
A rendering of townhomes all connected along a street.
Another variation of townhomes planned.
A rendering of three large houses positioned along a street.
The project’s three planned standalone houses (square footages and bedroom counts weren’t specified).