[Renderings] Atlanta Housing Authority Advances Herndon Square Redevelopment

The $150MM project, slated to break ground this year, will be the pilot for the agency's anti-displacement policy.

The former Herndon Homes site, at 485 John Street NW, later this year will be redeveloped into Herndon Square — a $150 million mixed-use affordable housing project.

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The Atlanta Housing Authority Board of Commissioners recently authorized the Atlanta Housing Authority to partner with the team of Hunt and Oakwood Development Group to redevelop the 12.3-acre site.

Once complete, Herndon Square will offer 700 units105 of which are designated as 100 percent affordable for seniors. Approximately 40 percent of the remaining 595 units will be designated as “affordable.”

“Not only will it be an architecturally distinct, sustainable community, but it will focus on the history of the area while incorporating technology and innovation,” according to the project’s marketing materials.

“Surrounded by open green spaces, the neighborhood will feature retail centers, as well as an urban format grocery store. Other amenities include fitness areas, outdoor play spaces, and a large community center.”

Herndon Square will be built in five phases and is expected to be complete by December 2021.

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Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak (CJS) is the Founder of What Now Media Group, Inc., the publisher of What Now Atlanta and What Now Los Angeles.
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Ken
2 years ago

Back to the housing projects. Somehow people never seem to learn and always think THEY have the ability to make bad old ideas work. In ten years (or less time), it’ll be uninhabitable.

Jason Burnett
2 years ago
Reply to  Ken

@Ken, the Affordable Workforce Housing Initiative has been designed specifically to avoid the pitfalls of previous low-income housing projects. Nobody can predict if they are going to do it right, but with attitudes like yours, we sure won’t get anywhere. Some of the differences between this project and previous “low-income housing projects” are: * These units will be mostly regular-priced (meaning expensive) units that will appeal to new buyers. Previous projects were designed for all low-income units and suffered from the problem you mention. * With Atlanta’s severe lack of “affordable housing”, teachers, police officers, government workers who are decent,… Read more »

Patricia Campbell
2 years ago

I totally agree with you Jason Burnett. I have high hopes for these units. I believe that the mixed income, the close vicinity to shopping will attract a good group of people. As with any rentals, potential residents need to be checked out in order to avoid any who have had serious rental issues in the past. This plan here is a winner!

brooklyn
1 year ago

one thing herndon square wont have on herndon homes is the bond the residents had and still have till this day i remember seeing herndon homes in the movie the lottery ticket they filmed there before they tore it down its wasnt at alll a bad looking place to live i didnt even know it was the projects until i found out it was herndon homes it also had a nice view of the city if they only would of kept herndon and tunred it into a private apartments it wouldnt be that bad

Karen J Walker
1 year ago

Any updates on what is currently happening with Herndon Square? Construction for the senior residences was initially scheduled to start in July 2018, but did not; then the date was moved up to December 2018, but so far, there is still no construction starts there. What is holding up the project or has it been stopped indefinitely?

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