Permits Filed For Development Of 171-Unit Sweet Auburn Affordable Housing Project

The project will reserve units for households at 30 percent, 60 percent, and 80 percent of area median income
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A permit application was filed on Monday to begin site work at 375 Gartrell St. SE, where the Saint Joseph’s Health System has plans to supplement its Mercy Care program with a 171-unit affordable housing project.

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The four-story residential project is part of a multi-phased development plan next to the Mercy Care medical clinic at the northeastern corner of Decatur Street and William Holmes Borders Senior Drive. Also planned are a roughly 40,000-square-foot office building for the clinic and renovation work, both of which are underway at 424 Decatur St., as well as a 100-unit affordable senior housing project across Gartrell Street.

The filing this week describes land-development and site-improvement work for a four-story multifamily building and five-story parking deck, listing a construction cost of about $2.1 million.

Named McAuley Park, the project has been in the works since 2019, when the 2.5-acre vacant project site was rezoned to mixed-residential commercial (MRC-3). In April 2020, Invest Atlanta approved a $4 million Eastside Tax Allocation District grant for plans at 375 Gartrell.

The developer of the Sweet Auburn project is Pennsylvania-based affordable housing company Pennrose.

McAuley Park’s 375 Gartrell project will include studios through two-bedrooms reserved for a mix of households at 30 percent of area median income, 60 percent of AMI, and 80 percent of AMI. Special Administrative Permit documents on file with the city show it will hold 40 studios, 73 one-bedrooms, and 58 two-bedrooms, along with 327 parking spaces.

Plans also call for about 3,300 square feet of balconies, 3,850 square feet of courtyards, and 5,000 square feet of rooftop space.

The architect for the project is shown as Atlanta-based firm Smith Dalia Architects.

Mercy Care was established in 1985 to bring healthcare to Atlanta’s vulnerable populations such as the homeless. The clinic on Decatur Street was built in 2001 and expanded in 2010.

Dean Boerner

Dean Boerner is a California-based writer previously with Bisnow and the San Francisco Business Times. He received his bachelor's degree in economics and business from Saint Mary's College of California, where he also served as the editor-in-chief of The Collegian, the school's campus newspaper. Before that, he spent two years as the publication's sports editor, and he remains a committed fan, for better or worse, of his Sacramento Kings, San Francisco Giants, and Saint Mary's Gaels.

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