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[Rendering] NAP To Break Ground On New City of Refuge Multifamily Project Oct. 18

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[Rendering] NAP To Break Ground On New City of Refuge Multifamily Project Oct. 18

Freestanding offsite community at City of Refuge will predominantly serve the housing needs of students in educational programs at the nonprofit.

North American Properties (NAP) announced plans Thursday to develop a nearly 60,000-square-foot apartment community at City of Refuge, a local nonprofit on the Westside.

The new housing, at 1300 Mayson Turner Road NW, will serve residents of the local community and students who are engaged in City of Refuge’s collection of programs.

On October 18 at 11 a.m., City of Refuge will host a community groundbreaking celebration alongside NAP, representatives from the City of Atlanta, corporate partners, employees, residents, and students of the nonprofit.

“...Our NAP ExperienceMakers™ are eager to be a part of this unique housing project that will contribute to the restoration of the Westside,” Mark Toro, City of Refuge board member and managing partner of NAP Atlanta, said in a press release Thursday.

“Over the past four years, I’ve had the opportunity to serve on the board at City of Refuge, and I am proud to work alongside the talented individuals who are making a difference in the lives of so many.”

The 47-unit complex will be comprised of a mix of two-bedroom-two-bath and three-bedroom-two-bath apartments ranging from 932 square feet to 1,153 square feet.

The residential piece will be the first freestanding offsite multifamily building at City of Refuge and will predominantly serve the housing needs of students in educational programs at the newly opened Workforce Innovation Hub, a component of the nonprofit that provides opportunities for sustainable career transformation by integrating vocational training, mentoring and job placement.

Currently, the Workforce Innovation Hub provides a variety of workforce skills training in the areas of automotive, culinary arts, customer service, security and patient care.

Since the start of 2018, City of Refuge has placed nearly 200 graduates of the various vocational training programs in jobs and is on track to place 400 graduates by the end of this year.

In September, the Workforce Innovation Hub launched its first six-month junior developer training program at its newly opened Tech Academy and introduced 25 local students to the world of coding.

NAP expects to deliver the project in Summer 2019.

City of Refuge was founded in 1997 to assist homeless women and children in transition by providing a safe haven.

The organization offers housing, support and resources to victims of sex trafficking in House of Cherith, and mothers with children and single women in Eden Village.

Nearly half of the residents in the 30314 neighborhood, where 60 percent of murders in Atlanta happen and where you will find the fifth most violent block in the U.S., are living below the poverty line or considered a low-income family.

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Caleb Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak (CJS) is the Founder of What Now Atlanta (WNA). He was featured in The New York Times, Creative Loafing's "20 People to Watch," named "Lifestyle Blogger You Need To Know" by Rolling Out Magazine and highlighted as Atlanta's Metropolitan Male in fashion magazine, 944. WNA has been named "Best of Atlanta" by Creative Loafing, and Atlanta and Jezebel Magazines.

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