The city of Decatur has replaced an outdated apartment complex with dozens of new units designated as affordable housing.
Officials are set to celebrate the grand opening of “Oakview Walk” on Wednesday morning. The project, spearheaded by the Decatur Housing Authority, involved demolishing the old apartment building — nearly 60 years old — and building 34 new one- and two-bedroom units.
The new complex, on the corner of Oakview Road and Maxwell Street in the Oakhurst neighborhood, follows the DHA’s redevelopment of the Trinity Walk apartments in Decatur. With the opening of Oakview Walk, Decatur has increased its number of affordable units from 475 in 2014 to 518 this year, the DHA said in a statement.
Twenty-seven of the new apartments are for families earning 30 to 60% of the region’s median income, with monthly rents ranging from $625 to $925, the DHA said. The remaining seven apartments are “workforce housing,” for families earning 80 to 120% of the median income. Those rents will range from $1,000 to $1,350 per month.
The median family income for metro Atlanta is $79,700, according to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The original Oakview Apartments were fully occupied, but “the apartments were physically and functionally obsolete for today’s families, with poorly-designed floor plans and lacking modern energy efficiency and amenities,” the housing authority said.
The new apartment complex includes a community room, onsite laundry, a children’s play area, a community garden and more. The units are also energy-efficient.
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“The City of Decatur is relatively unique in that its affordable housing communities are part of the fabric of the city, and not constructed some distance away. This allows students to attend the award-winning public schools and offers easy access to public transportation and area jobs for adults,” DHA Executive Director Douglas Faust said in a statement.
The grand opening is scheduled for Wednesday, July 17 at 10 a.m. at 1111 Oakview Road.
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