A historic church is moving forward on developing high-rise housing downtown.
The project includes a 20-story building with 170 residential units, with 85 percent of the units designated as a range of affordable housing, at 30, 60 and 80 percent AMI. Renderings show that the side of the building will be curved along Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard.
In addition to housing, the first phase is also set to include two schools, more than 2,200 square feet of retail space and a parking deck. The schools would measure more than 64,700 square feet total, and the parking deck would contain space for 72 vehicles, according to the land development permit application.
The cost of construction for this phase of the development is listed as $2,350,000. The application describes the project as “a mixed use development, adjacent to the Atlanta First United Methodist Church.”
Lead pastor Rev. Jasmine R. Smothers couldn’t share a completion date yet, Atlanta Business Chronicle reports.
Leaders with Atlanta First United Methodist Church first launched efforts to create housing and mixed-use space next to the sanctuary in 2019, followed by the announcement of a joint venture with Chicago-based Evergreen Real Estate Group and the selection of architecture firm Moody Nolan.
The church building with Gothic Revival-style architecture was constructed in 1903. It has the only Atlanta church bell known to have survived the Civil War.