After Trinity Walk, Decatur to keep re-developing old public housing

Decatur recently opened Trinity Walk, a redevelopment of the old Gateway Manor site, featuring 121 one-, two- and three bedroom apartments and townhomes in six three-story buildings. This project actually combines redeveloping both Gateway and a separate apartment complex at 1111 Oakview Road, which has been demolished.

Trinity Walk is already 100 percent occupied.

Rebuilding Oakview is Trinity’s third and final phase. According to Decatur Housing Authority Executive Director Doug Faust, if everything goes to schedule construction should start in spring and finish one year later.

This new building will feature seven two-bedroom and 27 one-bedroom units on .81 acres. After this the DHA’s next project is rebuilding the 98-unit Swanton Heights originally built in 1969. Following that comes the redevelopment of the 65-unit Spring Point, also on Oakview Road.

The DHA reconstruction of its housing began in 2009 with the demolishing of the circa-1941 Allen Wilson Terrace, eventually replaced with 191 units on 7.68 acres south of downtown. To date the DHA has redeveloped 312 of its total 484 housing units, which includes single-family homes, duplexes and larger communities like Wilson and Trinity.