mTAPs Projects for 2019
Atlanta Land Trust (Site Selection Tool)
The ALT seeks to work with ABI and other partners to create new permanent affordable housing around the Atlanta BeltLine. It has established a goal of creating 1,000 units within the next five years. The mTAP team is charged to develop land acquisition criteria for specific sites within targeted communities for maximum impact.
Project: Focused Community Strategies (Gateway Development)
FCS has a vision to create a small mixed-use, mixed-income, multi-family development. The property is located within the BeltLine TAD and the challenge to the mTAP team is to help identify obstacles and measure the feasibility of this project. As a developer of affordable housing, FCS is looking for more options for long-time residents to remain in their communities and thrive.
Historic District Development Corp. (Henderson Place Apartments)
Henderson Place Apts. is a 58-unit rental complex near the MLK, Jr. Historic District in the Old Fourth Ward for low-income, long-term residents. Today it continues to serve with low rents and social services but needs major rehabilitation. HDDC is seeking options to increase the density of the site and provide larger units. The rehabilitation is critical to the ability of the complex to service its original target population and create housing opportunities for the anticipated Howard Middle School families who will soon need a place to live.
Clark Atlanta University (Park Street Church)
Amidst the transformation around the westside, the future of Park Street Church is being envisioned beyond a building restoration project. Clark Atlanta University would like to leverage the architecture and engineering study as an opportunity to reconsider the ultimate use for the restored Church, capitalizing on it as a southern “gateway” between the Atlanta University Center and the surrounding city. The urban planning, market analysis and real estate expertise required to develop such a plan are the areas in which assistance is being sought through the mTAP program.
City of Douglasville (Old Mill Site)
The General Western Cotton Mill in east Douglasville was destroyed by fire in May of 2012. The structure, which dated back to 1897 had been abandoned and is in derelict condition for many years but is in a prime location for future development. A recently completed environmental study has determined the necessary cleanup initiatives needed even as this area could potentially serve as a catalyst for the redevelopment of the Old Mill Village area and downtown Douglasville. Hence the client has approached the mTAP to review the Old Mill property site and provide the best and highest use for the area.
University CDC (Atlanta University Center Gateway)
The former site of the eastern half of the Harris Homes public housing complex (now known as CollegeTown) is part of a key focal point of the Atlanta University Center (AUC), but has been vacant and largely under-utilized. Based on its location and size, the site has the potential to serve as a grand gateway for the AUC, equally benefiting students, faculty, staff and community residents. The subject parcel is owned by Spelman College which has reserved it to expand the footprint of its campus in the future. UCDC is seeking the assistance of the mTAP to identify possible intermediate land uses that would reactivate the site until a formal plan is in place. They are also seeking recommendations for inventive long-term land uses that Spelman College could act upon to further their mission to create sustainable communities.
Finding the Flint (State Farmers Market District)
The ad hoc district around the Flint River is one massive, continuous impervious surface, and all its stormwater runoff impacts the headwaters of the Flint, which is a critical resource for Georgia agriculture. A committee of the Georgia State House of Representatives is currently studying the revitalization of the state-owned Atlanta State Farmers Market (ASFM). But the challenges mentioned are not limited to the 150-acre ASFM property. Hence the task is to imagine a district collaboration and align the plans for the market, the Flint River, Aerotropolis, and Clayton County’s redevelopment plans by identifying district-scale solutions for connectivity, branding, and green infrastructure.