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Redevelopment of the West Marietta corridor continues to drive demand for new housing options in the area, as evidenced by the numerous large scale apartment complexes being developed in West Midtown and Blandtown. However not all of the development has to be large scale in order to contribute to growing the housing stock. “Missing Middle” housing is also growing in popularity as a way to gently densify previously single-family areas along the transitional zones between residential and more urban areas.
One of the latest examples of such projects is an 8-unit apartment complex being proposed for a single-family lot on the edge of the Knight Park neighborhood. The 1101 Church Street self described “Missing Middle” project would demolish a single family home on the corner lot to make way for a two-story, 8-unit apartment building on the site. The approximately 9,000 square foot structure aims to gently transition the building typology from single-family residential to multi-family and commercial without abruptly changing the neighborhood character.
The “Missing-Middle” nomenclature refers to a concept introduced by the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) which aims to correct 20th-Century American development patterns that tended to segment housing into single-family or large scale multi-family, with few options in between, aka the “missing middle.” The missing middle includes to housing typologies from duplexes and bungalow courts up to low-rise apartment building with approximately 20 units or less. These options are often more desirable than large scale multi-family housing for the middle-class, young families and empty-nesters while being more affordable than a single-family home.
The 1101 Church Street would include four 1-bedroom units between 825 and 860 square feet, and four 2-bedroom units between 1,000 and 1,135 square feet. The application estimates that the units will be sold for approximately $500,000 to $600,000 each. The site is located on the corner of the Knight Park Neighborhood, adjacent to commercial buildings and within walking distance to several parks and transit stations.
The project’s application for rezoning from Single Family Residential (SFR) Land Use Designation to the Low Density Residential (LDR) was reviewed by Neighborhood Planning Unit – K yesterday, September 21st, and is slated to be reviewed by the Zoning Review Board on September 27, 2021 6:00 PM. The designers of the project are TSW Planners, Architects, and Landscape Architects.