Vacant land near Atlanta City Hall to become 8-story mixed-use development

A rendering of the future development at 104 Trinity Ave. (Photo: Handout via City of Atlanta)

Credit: Handout via City of Atlanta

Credit: Handout via City of Atlanta

A rendering of the future development at 104 Trinity Ave. (Photo: Handout via City of Atlanta)

A vacant parcel of land across the street from Atlanta City Hall is set to become an eight-story development with nearly 200 affordable apartments and businesses on the ground floor, officials announced Thursday.

The board of Invest Atlanta selected the Vecino Group Southeast and Capitol Hill Neighborhood Development Corporation to develop the 1.3-acre site at 104 Trinity Ave., which is owned by the city.

According to the developers, the proposal includes 218 residential units, 186 of which will be considered affordable. The project’s 7,500 square feet of ground-floor space will be occupied by small, local businesses.

This image from Atlanta's request for proposals for the development of the site shows 104 Trinity Avenue SW, a city-owned acre of land targeted for affordable housing. (Screenshot)

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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said on Twitter Thursday that the land was at one point slated to become a park.

“104 Trinity will provide a new model for how we leverage vacant public land to deliver affordable housing and opportunities for local small businesses,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a statement. “This is a concept we can replicate across Atlanta to ensure our untapped public assets reach their fullest potential and meet the needs of the community.”

Bottoms’ successor, Mayor-elect Andre Dickens, has repeatedly pointed to development on city-owned land as the best way to increase the city’s supply of affordable housing. A study earlier this year found that the city and its partner agencies own a total of 877 acres of land over 490 parcels that could be turned into housing.

“Being able to employ another tool like this gives us greater influence on the way land is used so we can maximize the number and types of affordable living options available to Atlanta residents and families,” Invest Atlanta President and CEO Eloisa Klementich said.

Plans for 104 Trinity also call for a rooftop garden and a rooftop solar panel array, the largest ever installed on a multifamily building in the state, according to the city.

Invest Atlanta will continue to own the land and anticipates signing a formal agreement with the developers by May, with construction wrapping up by September 2025.