Edgewood Avenue Bridge

The Edgewood Avenue Bridge has been demolished and is being rebuilt over the Eastside Trail extension.
Photo Credit: Christopher Martin

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Affordable Housing Progress

The Atlanta BeltLine is More than Parks and Paths!

As one of our primary outreach initiatives, the Affordable Housing Program brings our program partners together for one very important "giving back" goal - we're working to give Atlanta useful tools and meaningful improvements.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Atlanta BeltLine is committed to delivering 5,600 units of affordable workforce housing, out of 28,000 total, across the Atlanta BeltLine Planning Area by 2030. This housing ensures that ALL residents, not just higher income residents, can afford a home and enjoy the advantages and amenities the Atlanta BeltLine has to offer. 15 percent of total net bond proceeds is dedicated to the Atlanta BeltLine Affordable Housing Trust Fund (BAHTF).

Through 2014, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) and Invest Atlanta have supported the development of 985 units of affordable housing. A total of 13,300 housing units have been developed in the Planning Area. ABI and the BAHTF have spent $12.5 million to date on affordable housing efforts. This includes funding towards the Lofts at Reynoldtown Crossing, Stanton Oaks (formerly Boynton Village Apartments), Reynoldstown Senior, Ponce City Market, and downpayment assistance programs.

In 2014, ABI also launched a partnership with the Federal Home Bank of Atlanta to provide rehab work for homeowners adjacent to the Westside Trail and downpayment assistance for those seeking to live along the Atlanta BeltLine. More on www.AtlantaBeltLineHomes.com.

Affordable Housing Background

In 2012, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., the Atlanta BeltLine Affordable Housing Advisory Board, and Enterprise Community Partners developed an affordable housing strategy for the Atlanta BeltLine. The study identifies the existing inventory and future inventory needed for affordable housing. It also created tools and financial models for developers to build affordable housing along Atlanta BeltLine.

In 2011, ABI created 46 new affordable homes. Eighteen of these affordable homes were created through down payment assistance from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund all around the Atlanta BeltLine.

Additionally, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. has worked to partner with and foster the Atlanta Land Trust Collaborative (ALTC). ALTC brings needed development expertise and capacity with a focus on permanent affordable housing and transit oriented development.

GoalActualPercent Complete
Establish Affordable Housing Advisory BoardCompleted July 2007100%
Establish Affordable Housing PoliciesCompleted September 2008100%
Launch Affordable Housing Trust FundCompleted 2008100%

The Lofts at Reynoldstown Crossing

As part of its mission to create affordable workforce housing, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. acquired the former “Triumph Lofts,” a development in receivership, in mid-September, 2011. Located in the historic Reynoldstown neighborhood, at the intersection of Chester Avenue, Memorial Drive and the Atlanta BeltLine corridor, just north of I-20 and Glenwood Park, the newly named development – “Lofts at Reynoldstown Crossing” – is providing critically-needed affordable for-sale housing in an increasingly desirable part of the city. View the Lofts at Reynoldstown Crossing Case Study (ULI Kemp 2012).

On December 10, ABI hosted the City’s first-ever affordable housing drawing for 28 new homes at the Lofts at Reynoldstown Crossing. In just one day, all 28 homes were under contract, making this one day sales event an unparalleled success in today’s housing market. All of these homes are now affordable.

Three of the homes are part of the Atlanta Land Trust Collaborative, a Community Land Trust (CLT), ensuring that their affordability will be permanently preserved. The success of this initiative is the result of strong collaboration between ABI and Invest Atlanta, with help from numerous partners, including TAD partners APS, Fulton County and the City of Atlanta, as well as the Atlanta Police Foundation, Bank of America, Fifth Third Bank and several community organizations.

The homes were originally built with the amenities and finishes of homes priced in the high $200s and above. All homes feature spacious two-bedroom, two-bath lofts, with high-quality finishes and stainless appliances. The development also features a pool, hot tub, fitness center, club room, rooftop deck and controlled access entrance, in addition to its highly-desirable location on one of Atlanta’s greatest amenities, the Atlanta BeltLine.

Mixed Income Transit Oriented Development Strategy

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., the Atlanta BeltLine Affordable Housing Advisory Board, Enterprise Community Partners, and Bleakly Advisory Group, Inc. together developed a series of recommendations to implement Mixed Income Transit Oriented Development. Download the presentation given to Atlanta City Council in March 2013.

Measurable Results

Trust Fund policies were established in 2008 with the BeltLine Affordable Housing Advisory Board. $8.8 million has been capitalized into the fund to date. The Atlanta BeltLine Affordable Housing Trust Fund has committed funding for:

  • Over 75 affordable owner occupied units
  • Over 40 affordable rental units
  • Lofts at Reynoldstown Crossing
  • The Atlanta Land Trust Collaborative (ALTC) was formed in 2011 to foster affordable, transit-oriented development
  • The ALTC is a key steward for affordable housing along the Atlanta BeltLine, and an asset for affordable housing development in the region.