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The Neighborhood Planning Unit for the Boulevard Heights neighborhood will review a rezoning request by developer TPA Residential to make way for up to 300 units at 1104 Avondale Ave. SE, according to its Wednesday evening meeting agenda.
TPA Residential, which filed plans for the project with the city in late December, is seeking a change for the six-acre property along Avondale from a mix of single-family and multifamily zoning to strictly multifamily, MR4A-C zoning, according to planning documents. Wilson, Brock & Irby attorney Stephen Rothman, a representative for TPA, said in a letter to the city that the rezoning is necessary because the land requires “significant remediation to remove the environmental stressors it currently presents.”
“The remediation requires a significant amount of economic investment for which the current zoning effectively prohibits,” Rothman writes.
“Our client wishes to redevelop the property in a manner that is more in keeping with the residential development already existing along the east side of Avondale Avenue to the south of the property and will allow for the environmental remediation of the property.”
The property itself is near other newly finished or underway multifamily projects in that part of the Boulevard Heights neighborhood. The project would be just north of developer Empire Communities‘ Empire Swift project, a 198-townhome development at 1144 Avondale Ave. SE.
In addition, the project site is a five minute walk to the east of TPA Residential’s 275-unit 680 Hamilton project, which permit filings indicate is underway on construction.
In the case of 1104 Avondale, current plans call for 153 studios and one-bedrooms, 51 two-bedrooms, and 57 three-bedrooms, along with some number of three-bedroom townhomes. Subject to Atlanta BeltLine inclusionary zoning rules, the project would offer 20 affordable one-bedrooms, seven affordable two-bedrooms, and nine affordable three-bedrooms, all at 80 percent of area median income. That would drop rents from expected market rates of $1,399, $1,774, and $2,199 for each of those unit types to $1,196, $1,435, and $1,657, respectively, planning documents show.
Based in Atlanta, TPA Residential is setting an anticipated project completion date of January 2024, according to its rezoning application. A recommendation in support of rezoning by the NPU-W Wednesday evening would be followed by reviews from the city in light of the recommendation.