The Benoit Group Submits 382-Unit Redevelopment Plans For Englewood Manor Site

The project would extend the city's grid through three new Chosewood Park blocks
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The Benoit Group has plans to develop 382 units at a South Atlanta-area site that once held the 324-unit Englewood Manor public housing project, plans going before Atlanta’s Zoning Review Board next month show.

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In a rezoning application filed last month, the Sandy Springs-based developer laid out plans for 360 multifamily units, including 200 apartments and 160 active senior living units, along with 22 for-sale units to be built by Fortas Homes. Of the rental units, 285 will be below market rate at a mix of incomes, while the for-sale units will include five affordable homes, plans show.

In 2018, both The Benoit Group and The Michaels Organization were chosen to redevelop the Chosewood Park-area, 36-acre property by the Atlanta Housing Authority, which owns the site. A first phase involves the 26-acre former public housing site to the south of Englewood Avenue and next to the Atlanta BeltLine-adjacent Boulevard Crossing Park, with a second phase planned for the north side of Englewood Avenue, also adjacent to the BeltLine. The Benoit Group was chosen to develop a 16-acre western portion of the first phase, while plans called for The Michaels Organization to build on 10 acres to the east.

Named Englewood South in application materials, The Benoit Group’s plans involve bisecting the Chosewood Park site “by new roadways that will extend the city’s street grid through Benoit’s development, creating three new city blocks.” This would entail extending Mailing Avenue south from its Englewood Avenue terminus to a new intersection with Climax Street, extending Dalton Street 440 feet to the west and curving it up to an intersection with Englewood Avenue, and creating a new street parallel to Mailing Street and between Englewood Avenue and Climax Street.

The Benoit Group’s development also involves 27,000 square feet of street-level retail spread around its residential components.

Plans call for 200 units and up to 17,000 square feet of retail bounded by Englewood and Climax to the north and south and Mailing Avenue and the new street to the west and east. On this block would also be a new 0.43-acre park and swimming pool, among other additions.

Of the 200 multifamily units, 157 would be affordable at a mix of 30 percent, 60 percent, or 80 percent of area median income.

The senior living portion would be just east and include up to 21,000 square feet of street-level retail, while the 22 for-sale homes would be just west of the extended Mailing Avenue. The latter side would include five live-work units, according to the developer’s application.

The senior housing would include 128 affordable units, each at either 30 percent, 60 percent, or 80 percent of AMI.

Current plans call for the project to take the name Englewood South and address 505 Englewood Ave. SE, with a projected June 2023 completion.

Before a ZRB meeting scheduled for early next month, the rezoning application will go before the neighborhood planning unit for Chosewood Park on Monday. The Benoit Group’s plans require a zoning change from medium density mixed-use to high density mixed-use, according to its application.

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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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