Atlanta nonprofit to open 47-unit apartment building for its students

Rendering of a nearly 60,000-square-foot apartment community from City of Refuge.
Rendering of a nearly 60,000-square-foot apartment community from City of Refuge.

An Atlanta nonprofit plans to open an apartment building that will house students of its programs.

The 47-unit complex on the Westside at City of Refuge, which offers vocational training programs, healthcare and childcare for people in crisis, will be developed by North American Properties. The nearly 60,000-square-foot complex will include two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments ranging from 932 to 1,153 square feet, a press release said.

Mark Toro, Refuge board member and NAP managing partner, called the complex a “unique housing project that will contribute to the restoration of the Westside.”

The complex will predominantly serve the housing needs of students in educational programs at the group's newly opened Workforce Innovation Hub, which integrates mentoring and job placement with vocational training in automotive, culinary arts, customer service, security and patient care sectors. The Hub also recently opened the Tech Academy, which teaches student coding.

A groundbreaking celebration for the apartments will take place Oct. 18 at 11 a.m., and the project may be complete by next summer.

Bruce Deel founded City of Refuge in 1997 to assist homeless women and children. It is located at 1300 Joseph E. Boone Blvd. NW.

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