Demolished public housing projects in Atlanta
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 Demolished
- 3 Turned in to Section 8 communities
- 4 Not Demolished
- 5 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. A small part of East Lake were renovated cleaned up and turned into a private low income apartment complex.
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
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. 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.
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. 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, Hood Rock. Boxer Evander Holyfield grew up in Bowen.
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 of Englewood manor were Demolished 2009 other units were turned into a private apartment complex.
Built in the 1960s torn down in 2008.
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
On June 15, 2016 Atlanta Housing Authority announced a development team has been selected to create a mixed-income community on the site. 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.
As of January 2011,the 202 public housing units "demolition was almost complete".
160 units Torn down in 2008. 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.
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 Sayward. Demolished 2008-9. As of April 2011 still in the planning stages to become another mixed-income community.
Torn down in May 2008.
Turned in to Section 8 communities
The View at Rosa Burney
The apartment units once apart of the Mc Daniel Glenn housing project where cleaned up and turned into a section 8 apartment complex.
The Element at Kirkwood Apartments
The Gladstone Apartments
Not under the section 8 program but the Formal Englewood Manor housing projects when being razed the AHA torn down half of the housing project and left it alone eventually someone bought it out razed a small portion of damaged units and turned it in to the Gladstone Apartments.The AHA hasent decided what to do with the property that used to be the other half of Englewood Manor.
The Edgewood Court housing project, built in the 1970s, has been renovated and cleaned up and is one of the two housing projects in Atlanta that still operates today.
Martin Street Plaza
The Four Seasons/Forrest Cove(TheRealJungle
Fearing it would end up like the Thomasville Heights projects, the Atlanta Housing Authority decided the apartments located in the Thomasville Heights neighborhood in Atlanta were to be cleaned up and turned into Section 8 housing. The Section 8 Affordable Housing Authority rated Forrest Cove as the most distressed affordable housing apartments in Atlanta and is worse than the Thomasville Heights housing project that stood across the street from it. Forrest Cove is a housing project but is under the section 8 Housing authority.
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