Atlanta to build affordable housing

 Invest Atlanta—the City’s development authority—in partnership with the Department of City Planning has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the redevelopment of 104 Trinity Avenue SW. The vacant 1.3-acre City-owned parcel is located at the corner of Trinity Avenue and Central Avenue across from City Hall. The RFP seeks a developer to redevelop the site to create affordable housing focused on lifestyle affordability, mix of incomes and use, sustainability and more.

“Activating and redeveloping public land expands access to affordable housing for all who wish to call Atlanta home,” said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. “To have this physical, tangible commitment to housing equity literally across the street from Atlanta City Hall should serve as a reminder that Atlanta is a city for everyone.”

The objectives for the redevelopment of 104 Trinity Avenue SW include:

  • Housing affordability – to increase the affordable rental housing stock and to provide greater access to housing at all levels of affordability
  • Lifestyle affordability – to mitigate the impact of lifestyle-related expenses for residents such as transportation, utilities and amenities
  • Mix of incomes and households – a design that accommodates diversity in household sizes and income levels
  • Mixed use – a holistic design that serves both residents and the downtown community
  • Sustainability – a design that prioritizes sustainable building and operating practices
  • Exceptional design – a design that creates a safe, enjoyable urban lifestyle for residents in a manner that prioritizes density to maximize the number of affordable units
  • Construction techniques – a design that utilizes cost-efficient construction techniques to achieve affordable rental rates

“We are excited to partner with Invest Atlanta to achieve our shared objective to increase the supply of affordable housing in the city,” said Tim Keane, the city’s planning commissioner. “Innovative and actionable strategies must be advanced, including the redevelopment of underutilized public land for affordable housing, as we continue our work to ensure that housing is developed at all price points in the city.”  

Released in June 2019, Mayor Bottoms’ One Atlanta: Housing Affordability Action Plan(HAAP)set ambitious goals to produce and preserve affordable housing in Atlanta and minimize displacement for legacy residents. In addition to leveraging underutilized public property, the City and its partners continue to work to advance the HAAP’s other action items including amendments to the zoning code to increase diverse housing supply and the use of tax incentives to spur affordable housing development.

“Land acquisition is often a significant cost driver in affordable housing development, said Dr. Eloisa Klementich, president and CEO of Invest Atlanta. “The redevelopment of the city-owned 104 Trinity Avenue SW parcel represents a great opportunity to add affordable housing in one of the city’s most central and convenient locations. Invest Atlanta looks forward to advancing this project alongside our development and public agency partners.”

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