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[edit]

Capitol Homes Six hundred ninety-four units were replaced by Capitol Gateway.[citation needed]

Carver Homes[edit]

This 999-unit complex was located in southeast Atlanta, west of South Atlanta and east of Joyland and High Point. It was replaced by The Villages at Carver.The housing project is still labeled as The Caver Homes neighborhood[citation needed]

Eagan Homes[edit]

A 677-unit complex located in Vine City[2] replaced by the Magnolia Park mixed-income community in 2000.[citation needed]

East Lake Meadows[edit]

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. A small part of East Lake were renovated cleaned up and turned into a private low income apartment complex.[citation needed]

Grady Homes[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Harris Homes[edit]

Built in 1956, this 510 unit housing site Replaced by Ashley College Town[3] The adjacent John O. Chiles Senior Residence Building was renovated.[4]

John Hope Homes[edit]

Adjacent to Castleberry Hill neighborhood southwest of Downtown Atlanta. 606 units Replaced by The Villages of Castleberry Hill mixed-income community.[citation needed]

McDaniel-Glenn Homes[edit]

41 acres (17 ha), 1000-unit[5] complex in the northwest parts of Mechanicsville, torn down between February and May 2006.[6] Replaced by Columbia at Mechanicsville Station.

Perry Homes[edit]

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.[7] 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[8]

Techwood/Clark Howell[edit]

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. The Kimberly Courts 300-unit off-site was replaced by Ashley Courts at Cascade. Another off-site was replaced by Ashley Terrace at West End.[citation needed]


Antoine Graves[edit]

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.[9] Located at 126 SE Hilliard St. SE, Downtown. Demolished 2009 including annex. Portman pleaded to save the building to no avail.

Bankhead Courts[edit]

Built 1970, consisted of 550 housing units. As of January 2011, "demolition was underway".[10]

Bowen Homes[edit]

Bowen Homes was built in 1964, named after John W. E. Bowen, Sr.[11] and was a sprawling complex of orange-colored duplexes, containing an elementary school and a library.[12] 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. The residents of Bowen Homes thought the deaths were related to the Atlanta child killings of the late 1970s - early 1980s but it turned out to be a faulty water tube overheating.

a furnace exploded on June 4, 2007 but no one was killed but one was injured it has caused interior damage to the building

a.d williams elementary school still standing to this day

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,[13] Hood Rock.[14] Boxer Evander Holyfield grew up in Bowen.[15]

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).[16] Demolished June 3, 2009.[17]

Englewood Manor[edit]

Built in 1970. 324 units of Englewood manor were Demolished 2009 by the Atlanta Housing Authority and the land still site empty to this day. Since 1970, this property has been and still is under the control of the Atlanta Housing Authority.

Gilbert Gardens[edit]

Built in the 1960s torn down in 2004.[citation needed]

Herndon Homes[edit]

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".[10] Named for Alonzo F. Herndon, born a slave, founded the Atlanta Life Insurance Company and became Atlanta's richest African American.[18] video

On June 15, 2016 Atlanta Housing Authority announced a development team has been selected to create a mixed-income community on the site.[19] but was possibly held off to rebuild the housing project for historical purposes because the apartments where deticated to Alonzo F. Herndon. Herndon Homes was a filming location for the motion picture The Lottery Ticket.[20]

Hollywood Courts[edit]

As of January 2011,the 202 public housing units "demolition was almost complete".[10]

Jonesboro North[edit]

145 units Torn down in 2008.[21] video

Jonesboro South[edit]

160 units Torn down in 2008.[21] video Rapper Young Thug was raised up in Jonesboro South Apartments (JBS). Young Money Entertainment and Young Thug thrown money from a helicopter when found out that everyone must move out.

Leila Valley[edit]

225 units Torn down in 2008.[22] video

Palmer House[edit]

Senior citizen highrise. Named for Charles Forrest Palmer, first president of the Atlanta Housing Authority. Demolished floor-by-floor during Spring 2011.[23][24]

Roosevelt House[edit]

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.[23][24]

Thomasville Heights[edit]

Built 1967, 350 units demolished 2010.[10]

Public Works Administration: Architect's drawing of the University Housing Project in Atlanta, Georgia will replace slums depicted in 53227(1596), 1934

University Homes[edit]

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 Sayward. Demolished 2008-9. As of April 2011 still in the planning stages to become another mixed-income community.

U-Rescue Villa[edit]

Torn down in May 2008.[25]

Section 8 communities[edit]

The View at Rosa Burney[edit]

The apartment units once apart of the Mc Daniel Glenn housing project where cleaned up and turned into a section 8 apartment complex.[citation needed]

The Element at Kirkwood Apartments[edit]

The apartment units once were a part of the Eastlake Meadows housing project but the Atlanta Housing Authority decided to keep the units and turn them into Section 8 housing.[citation needed]

Edgewood Court[edit]

The Edgewood Court housing project, built in the 1970s, is a Section 8 housing project.

Forest Cove[edit]

Is a Section 8 community that gets public housing subsidies from the Atlanta Housing Authority.

Not Demolished[edit]

Martin Street Plaza[edit]

Martin Street Plaza, in Summerhill, also known as the Summerhill Projects, built in 1979 continue operating today.[citation needed]


Westminster is a 32 unit public housing community in Atlanta, Georgia.

East Lake Highrise[edit]

East Lake Highrise is a 150 unit affordable housing community in Atlanta,East Lake Highrise is owned and managed by the Atlanta Housing Authority also is the last remaining structure of the East lake meadows housing project.

Cosby Spear Highrise[edit]

Cosby Spear Highrise is a 282 unit affordable housing community in Atlanta, Georgia. The community is located in the 5th Congressional District of Georgia also the last remaining structure of the U-Rescue Villa housing project.

Hillcrest Homes[edit]

Hillcrest used to be owned by the Atlanta housing Authority but was sold to the East Point Housing Authority and now sits vacant after the EHA failed to give out section 8 applications.

Hidden Village Homes[edit]

Hidden Village Homes is an abandoned housing project once owned by the AHA located 2208 verbena st Nw Atlanta.The complex sits in the Dixie Hill neighborhood,reasons of closing are unknown.

John O. Chiles[edit]

John O. Chiles ( Harris IIi ) is a 190 unit affordable housing community in Atlanta, Georgia. The community is located in the 5th Congressional neighborhood the last remaining structure of Harris Homes.

Tucker Homes[edit]

Built in the 1940s (still standing) the housing project was renovated in 2004 and sold as a private development.


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