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2008AR-060 Adamsville Green

Office of Affordable Housing (OAH)

Adamsville Green Senior

Atlanta

Fulton County

Development Concept

Adamsville Green Senior Apartments will be a new construction independent-living residential community of 90 units targeted for seniors aged 62 years and older, located at 3537 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.  The project is committed to sustainable green building practices, with the buildings to be developed to Earthcraft multi-family standards which are sponsored by Southface Energy Institute.

Tenancy Goals and Characteristics

All 90 units will be targeted for elderly households.  The project will provide high quality units affordable to tenants with a range of incomes at 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI), 60% AMI, and market rate.  Of the total units, 90% (81 units) will be targeted for low-income households and 10% (9 units) will be market rate.  The project will offer 58 one-bedroom units and 32 two-bedroom units.  In order to meet the special needs of the elderly population, 51% of the units (46 units) will be targeted for seniors with a physical disability.  The project has received a commitment from the Atlanta Housing Authority for Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) for all 81 units targeted for low-income households.  46 units were awarded special needs PBRA from AHA, with the remaining 35 as PBRA elderly units.  The PBRA anticipated monthly rents are currently scheduled at $625 and $695 per month, for one and two-bedroom units, respectively, with market rents expected to range up to $715 per month. 

 

Support Services

In order to serve the needs of the physically disabled tenants, as well as all the tenants, a variety of support services will be offered both on- and off-site.  Services will be coordinated by CaringWorks, Inc., the resident services subsidiary of PRI.  An on-site full-time Resident Services Director will oversee on-site activities as well as link tenants with experienced outside service agencies to meet their specific needs.  Services to be offered will include transportation, health and wellness services, meal preparation, household maintenance, educational opportunities, and myriad recreational activities. 

Project Amenities

The development will be designed to serve the interests of senior citizens, with all the site and unit amenities expected of a modern, high-quality residential apartment community.  The project will offer a variety of amenities appropriate for the senior population.  Unit amenities will include dishwashers, disposals, microwaves, energy-efficient appliances, and in-unit call systems.  Common amenities will include a community room, community garden, walking paths with sitting areas, picnic areas, fitness center, library, wellness center, and a computer center.  The property will include many green building features such as low-flow plumbing fixtures, energy-efficient light fixtures, high-efficient HVAC systems, windows and doors, photovoltaic cells, and an LED lighting pilot project.  The property will also offer significant landscaping, which will use low-water and native plantings.  The project will be built to Earthcraft multi-family standards.  The building will have at least one elevator, seating areas, and sprinkler system.  The project will also include high quality features that promote security, safety, and privacy for the community and its residents.  Property edges will be fenced, with decorative fencing along the street frontage and front areas of the property.  The building will be secured with limited controlled entry points.  In order to serve the special needs tenants and comply with federal guidelines, all common amenities will be ADA accessible as well as at least 5% of the units.  All other units will be adaptable.  At least 2% of the units will be built for the sight and hearing impaired. 

Site Description

The site is comprised of approximately 4.01 acres and is largely vacant, except for a small Chinese restaurant on a portion of it.  The site holds a number of mature trees and a woodland buffer between the adjoining neighborhood.  The project concept includes one residential building which will hold all the housing units and some of the common amenities.  The building has been positioned in order to offer views of the woodland preservation area in back and common green space in front.  The development intends to demolish the restaurant building.  The property is a component of larger master-plan which also includes an adjacent property targeted by the sponsors for future retail development.  This use will be financed and developed once the residential component is built.  The property will hold to sustainable practices related to site planning, grading, erosion control, water conservation, connectivity, and community participation.  The site has been designed in order to preserve as much green space as possible and to fit contextually into the urban setting of the surrounding community. 

Neighborhood Description

The site is conveniently located near a substantial amount of neighborhood amenities, including a library, parks, recreational center, senior center, medical services, grocery store, and myriad retail services.  The project lies on a MARTA bus line, with a stop directly in front of the site on MLK, Jr. Dr.  It is also within 3 miles of the Hamilton Holmes MARTA train station. 

Other Project Goals and Benefits

The project will serve to as a catalyst for economic development by creating approximately 135 jobs and spurring additional redevelopment along the Martin Luther King Jr corridor.

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