Demolition Permit Filed for Former Home of Chosewood Arts Complex to Make Way for 277-Unit Housing Development

The site of this once Baptist Church turned Arts Complex in Chosenwood Park to become townhomes as part of the 10-acre development.
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Progress continues for the 277-unit housing development slated for the Chosewood Park neighborhood, led by Thrive Residential. The developers filed a demolition permit for the church structure located at 420 McDonough Boulevard, adjacent to the intersection with Sawtell Ave. This follows the filing of demolition permits for four single-story structures and the securing of an Special Administrative Permit just last month, as previously reported by What Now Atlanta.

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The development plans depict 277 condominiums and single-family detached homes, along with 435 parking spaces. The project will include 39 one-bedrooms, 102 two-bedrooms, and 137 three-bedrooms, and range from the low $200,000’s for a one bedroom condo to the mid $500,000’s for a three bedroom home. The development is located just southeast of Chosewood Neighborhood Park, and across the street from an iconic Chosewood Park mural.

The structure was once home to the Anitoch Baptist Church of Atlanta, but was sold to 420 MCD LLC for $275,000 in 2015. The structure had operated as the Chosewood Ballroom and Chosewood Arts Complex for the past few years, advertising a 4,500 SF performance space seating 300 in the well preserved, mid-century modern worship space. However the Arts Complex ceased hosting events last year, presumably because of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the last public uses of the space was as a City of Atlanta hosted COVID-19 testing center geared toward protestors participating in the Summer of 2020 protests following the police killing of George Floyd.

According to a press release from Thrive Residential, the firm “specializes in building unique communities in urban in-fill neighborhoods in Nashville and Atlanta.” In February of 2020 they were acquired for $53.3 million by Toll Brothers, “the nation’s leading builder of luxury homes.” Plans indicate the architects for the project are Vienna, Virginia based Architecture and Planning firm Lessard Design.

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Daniel Alvarado

Daniel Alvarado is an AICP Certified Urban Planner, transportation advocate, researcher and writer originally from San Antonio, Texas. He received his Master's Degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin, where his research focused on the intersection of green infrastructure and transportation. Daniel has been published by Decipher City,, and has contributed to dozens of comprehensive and transportation plans across the country.

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    1. Ailene, it is my understanding that that would not be legal and I highly doubt they would attempt to do something like that anyway. I would contact the developer to ask about how to access the cemetery in the future.

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