Austell will swap city property with Habitat for Humanity

A former community garden owned by Austell - but not the one named the I. T. and Lodemia Terrell Community Garden - will be exchanged with Habitat for Humanity. (Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Metro Atlanta)

Credit: Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Metro Atlanta

Credit: Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Metro Atlanta

A former, older community garden in Austell will become the site of a single-family residence to be built by Habitat for Humanity.

The Austell City Council voted recently to approve this change, with Councilman Randy Green absent.

Habitat for Humanity made this request of the city to exchange their property on Hotel Street next to Pine Street Park, 6040 Pine St. - valued at $9,000 - for the city's property on Pine Street that is valued at $5,000, according to Austell Mayor Ollie Clemons.

Habitat's current property is an unbuildable lot due to stream buffer requirements.

Austell's City Attorney Scott Kimbrough agreed that this property exchange would be beneficial for the city.

However, this location is not the one named the I. T. and Lodemia Terrell Community Garden, Educational Center and Nature Trail at 2836 Windy Lane; see https://www.austellga.gov/CommunityGarden.aspx?CNID=3802.

In 1985, Chrys and John Street met Millard Fuller who challenged them to start an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity in Cobb County, according to a statement from NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, serving Cobb, Douglas and Paulding counties.

After distributing brochures to local churches and gathering 12 people to form a Board of Directors, Cobb County Habitat for Humanity was incorporated as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International on April 1, 1986.

In 2008, the organization expanded to include Douglas and Paulding counties and the name was changed to Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Metro Atlanta.

More than 500 homes have been built, rehabilitated or repaired as part of Habitat for Humanity's pursuit to provide decent, affordable housing in Cobb, Douglas and Paulding.

In 1976, driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began as a grassroots effort on a community farm in South Georgia.

Since then, the Christian housing organization has grown to become a leading global nonprofit, working in nearly 1,400 communities throughout the U.S. and in nearly 70 countries.

Families and individuals, in need of assistance, partner with Habitat for Humanity and Habitat volunteers to build or improve a place they can call home and pay an affordable mortgage.

Information: https://nwMetroAtlantaHabitat.org