Atlanta First United Methodist releases plan for ‘God-size’ affordable housing project.
The Atlanta First United Methodist Church is aiming to create a vision of “god-sized” affordable housing with the construction of a two-tower mixed-use development on its downtown lot.
The 175-year-old community recently unveiled the blueprint for the project, which will feature 320 units, 85% of which are said to be affordable, with 192 units priced at 31% to 60% of median median income and 80 units priced at price of 30% AMI.
The project will also create new space for the church’s Atlanta First Day School, which enrolls children in Pre-K and K-5, as well as a new parish hall, gymnasium, classrooms and church administrative offices.
The church, located at 360 Peachtree St., also plans to build 10,000 square feet of new retail space along West Peachtree Street and Ivan Alan Boulevard. On-site parking at the property will include 260 spaces, with dedicated spaces for church, school, residential and retail spaces, and metered parking.
The plan has been in the works for years. In 2018, the church formed a development taskforce to determine the best use of its properties, and in 2019 the group issued a call for proposals for a mixed-use project with a large affordable housing component. Chicago-based nonprofit developer Evergreen Real Estate Group, along with Ohio-based architectural firm Moody Nolan and Atlanta-based firms Goode Van Slyke and SHAPE, were selected to lead the effort.