Demolished public housing projects in Atlanta
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In 1994 the Atlanta Housing Authority, discouraged by the failure of its public housing projects and encouraged by the federal HOPE VI program, embarked on a policy of demolishing public housing projects and building mixed-income communities in their place.
- 1 Replaced by mixed-income communities
- 2 Not (yet) rebuilt
- 3 References
Replaced by mixed-income communities
Six hundred ninety-four units were replaced by Capitol Gateway.
East Lake Meadows
654-units were replaced by The Villages of East Lake as part of a revitalization driven by developer and philanthropist Tom Cousins. Offsites were replaced by Columbia Commons and Columbia Village.
Built in 1942, Grady Homes included 495 units located in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood. They were replaced by Ashley Auburn Pointe mixed-income community.
Many residents kept flower gardens outside their front door. Cannon Lilies were rescued prior to the demolition, and now flourish in nearby Historic Oakland Cemetery.
City of Atlanta designated Harris Homes and John O. Chiles Senior Residence Building as Harris Chiles neighborhood.
John Hope Homes
Adjacent to Castleberry Hill neighborhood southwest of Downtown Atlanta. 606 units Replaced by The Villages of Castleberry Hill mixed-income community.
The homes, built 1959, were destroyed by a tornado on March 24, 1975, with the buildings replaced in 1976-77. In 1999, 1,072 public housing units were destroyed. Replaced by West Highlands, which includes:
- Columbia Estates, 124 townhouses and garden-style apartments, for rent
- Columbia Heritage, a 132-unit mixed-income seniors housing development
- Columbia Park Citi, a 154-unit mixed-income garden-style apartment complex
- Columbia Crest, a 152-unit mixed-use project with 5,000 square feet (460 m2) of retail space; and
- Columbia Grove, a 138-unit multifamily project that will be the final phase
First public housing project in the United States,1,230 units opened 1936 located in the Centennial Hill district of Downtown Atlanta, replaced by Centennial Place. Kimberly Courts 300 units off-site replaced by Ashley Courts at Cascade. Other offsite replaced by Ashley Terrace at West End.
Not (yet) rebuilt
Senior citizen highrise built 1965. Architect John C. Portman, Jr. who designed numerous high-rises in Downtown Atlanta (AmericasMart, Peachtree Center, Hyatt Regency Atlanta, etc.) One of Portman's earliest and most influential projects, his first atrium building and only public housing project. Located at 126 SE Hilliard St. SE, Downtown. Demolished 2009 including annex. Portman pleaded to save the building to no avail.
Built 1970 consisted of 550 housing units.As of January 2011, "demolition was underway".
Bowen Homes was built in 1964, named after John W. E. Bowen, Sr. and was a sprawling complex of orange-colored duplexes, containing an elementary school and a library. They were located along Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway (originally Bankhead Highway) just inside I-285 (the "Perimeter"). The site is now classified as part of the neighborhood of Brookview Heights.
In 1980 a water tube boiler explosion at the onsite Gate City Day Care Center killed 4 children and a teacher and injured seven others.
Rapper Shawty Lo was raised in Bowen Homes (one of his mixtapes Bowen Homes Carlos, is dedicated to the project), and the project was also featured in rapper T.I.'s video What Up, What's Haapnin' (seen as a "diss" to Shawty). Other musical groups from Bowen Homes include Shop Boyz, Hood Rock. Boxer Evander Holyfield grew up in Bowen.
Bowen Homes was rife with crime — police reports show 168 violent crimes, including five murders, in the half year between June 2007 and January 2008. In 2008, 913 residents had to leave the complex of 104 buildings, which contained 650 units. Bowen Homes was the last large family housing project left in Atlanta and its razing made Atlanta America's first major city to completely do away with its large family housing projects (some senior and other minor properties remained). Demolished June 3, 2009.
Built 1970. 324 units were Demolished 2009.
496 units Located in the east part of the English Avenue neighborhood, east of Northside at John and Grey. Built 1941. As of January 2011, "demolition was almost complete". Named for Alonzo F. Herndon, born a slave, founded the Atlanta Life Insurance Company and became Atlanta's richest African American. video
As of January 2011,the 202 public housing units "demolition was almost complete".
Senior citizen highrise with 150 apartments located at the southwest corner of Centennial Olympic Park Drive and North Avenue. Built 1973. Named for Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the American president who with Atlanta developer Charles Forrest Palmer founded the national public housing policy. Contained 150 apartments. The last residents left in 2009. Demolished with explosives on February 27, 2011.
Built 1967, 350 units demolished 2010.
Built in 1938 on the site of the former Beaver Slide slum. Seen as the African American counterpart to Techwood Homes, the first public housing project in the nation. Architect William Augustus Edwards. Demolished 2008-9. As of April 2011 still in the planning stages to become another mixed-income community.
Torn down in May 2008.
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