Demolished public housing projects in Atlanta
In 1994 the Atlanta Housing Authority, encouraged by the federal HOPE VI program, embarked on a policy created for the purpose of comprehensive revitalization of severely distressed public housing developments. These distressed public housing properties were replaced by mixed-income communities.
Replaced by mixed-income communities
Capitol Homes was completed on April 7, 1942, designed to serve white families in low-rise housing. The six hundred ninety-four units demolished were replaced by Capitol Gateway, which includes 1,000 units of housing for various income levels.
The George Washington Carver Homes project in southeast Atlanta was finished on February 17, 1953, costing $8.6 million and consisting of 990 units for African-Americans. The project was located near Joyland, an amusement park for black Atlantans. The project was demolished and was partially replaced with the Villages at Carver. It is currently undergoing further revitalization by the AHA.
John Eagan Homes was a 677-unit complex built in 1941 for black families. It cost $2 million to build and was located in Vine City. The complex was torn down in the 2000s and replaced by Magnolia Park.
East Lake Meadows
The East Lake Meadows project, built in 1971, was one of the most infamous of all of Atlanta's public housing. At the time the nation's largest turnkey project, East Lake Meadows was immediately plagued by maintenance problems due to poor construction. Crime rates soared, and reporter Bill Seldon for the Atlanta Constitution highlighted the project in a series of articles comparing the high number of killings in Atlanta to Vietnam. These articles led to East Lake Meadows gaining the nickname of "Little Vietnam", and helped contribute to the turning of public opinion against public housing.
In the 1990s, as part of his efforts to revitalize the East Lake neighborhood, developer and philanthropist Tom Cousins began working with the AHA to replace East Lake Meadows with a mixed-income community. This took place in a larger context of tearing down Atlanta's public housing. In addition to mixed-income housing units, the redevelopment plan included an education center, a private golf course, and various local amenities. Over the course of ten years, East Lake Meadows was demolished and replaced with The Villages at East Lake, the total project costing $172 million.
Completed in 1942, Grady Homes originally contained 495 units for black families. Located in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood, it was demolished and replaced with the Auburn Pointe mixed-income community.
Built in 1957, this 510 unit housing site was created to mark the racial divide between white and black Atlanta. However, its proximity to an African-American neighborhood meant few whites chose to live there, and it was mostly vacant until desegregation. It was replaced by Ashley Collegetown. The adjacent John O. Chiles Senior Residence Building was renovated.
John Hope Homes
The McDaniel-Glenn housing project was built in 1967, with the Martin Luther King Memorial Building (a highrise for the elderly) constructed in 1970. Part of the Mechanicsville neighborhood, the complex was demolished in 2006. By 2007, Columbia Residential had completed their redevelopment of the property, named Columbia at Mechanicsville Station.
Perry Homes was completed in 1954 with 1,100 units for black families. Part of the project was destroyed by a tornado on March 24, 1975, with the buildings being replaced in 1976-77. The project's demolition was completed in 1999, and it was replaced with the West Highlands development. In addition to mixed-income housing, it includes various other amenities such as a YMCA.
Techwood Homes was the first federally funded public housing project in the United States, with 1,230 units opening in 1936. Located in the Centennial Hill district of Downtown Atlanta, it was joined by Clark Howell Homes (both all white) in 1940. In the run-up to the 1996 Olympics, Techwood and Clark Howell Homes were demolished and replaced by Centennial Place.
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.
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 four 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 to early 1980s but it turned out to be a faulty water tube overheating.
A furnace exploded on June 4, 2007, with no fatalities and one injury. The explosion caused damage to the interior of the building.
A.D. Williams Elementary School is 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 and Hood Rock. Boxer Evander Holyfield grew up in Bowen.
Bowen Homes was rife with crime—police reports show 168 violent crimes, including five murders, 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 the first major city in America to completely do away with its large family housing projects (some senior and other minor properties remained). Bowen Homes were finally demolished on June 3, 2009.
Built in 1970. 324 units of Englewood manor were Demolished 2009 by the Atlanta Housing Authority and the land still site empty to this day. Since 1970, this property has been and still is under the control of the Atlanta Housing Authority.
Built in the 1960s torn down in 2004.
Herndon Homes was completed in 1941, containing 520 units for African Americans. It was demolished in 2010. The project was named for Alonzo F. Herndon, who was born a slave, and through founding the Atlanta Life Insurance Company became Atlanta's richest African American.
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 were dedicated to Alonzo F. Herndon. Herndon Homes was a filming location for the motion picture The Lottery Ticket.
160 units Torn down in 2008. video Rapper Young Thug was raised up in Jonesboro South Apartments (JBS). Young Money Entertainment and Young Thug threw money from a helicopter after finding 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 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 Edwards. Demolished 2008-9. As of April 2011 still in the planning stages to become another mixed-income community.
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 apartment units once were a part of the Eastlake Meadows housing project but the Atlanta Housing Authority decided to keep the units and turn them into Section 8 housing.
Is a Section 8 community that gets public housing subsidies from the Atlanta Housing Authority.
Martin Street Plaza
Martin Street Plaza, in Summerhill, also known as the Summerhill Projects, built in 1979 continue operating today.
Westminster is a 32 unit public housing community in Atlanta, Georgia.
East Lake Highrise
East Lake Highrise is a 150 unit affordable housing community in Atlanta,East Lake Highrise is owned and managed by the Atlanta Housing Authority also is the last remaining structure of the East lake meadows housing project.
Cosby Spear Highrise
Cosby Spear Highrise is a 282 unit affordable housing community in Atlanta, Georgia. The community is located in the 5th Congressional District of Georgia also the last remaining structure of the U-Rescue Villa housing project.
Hillcrest(now demolished) used to be owned by the Atlanta housing Authority but was sold to the East Point Housing Authority and now sits vacant after the EHA failed to give out section 8 applications.
Hidden Village Homes
Hidden Village Homes is an abandoned housing project once owned by the AHA located 2208 verbena st Nw Atlanta. The complex sits in the Dixie Hill neighborhood,reasons of closing are unknown.
John O. Chiles
John O. Chiles (Harris III) is a 190 unit affordable housing community in Atlanta, Georgia. The community is located in the 5th Congressional neighborhood the last remaining structure of Harris Homes.
Built in the 1940s (still standing) the housing project was renovated in 2004 and sold as a private development known as (The Station at Richmond Hill)
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