Homeownership remains a big part of the American dream for many folks and we love helping people become homeowners. This is one of the main reasons we are a family of homebuilders. Recently in Mechanicsville, one of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods, we had the pleasure of celebrating the construction of Georgia’s first single family, affordable home construction project via the utilization of federal tax credits. This joint housing effort is called Mechanicsville Cityside.
Older Area, Fresh Vision
Mechanicsville is a historic neighborhood that began during Atlanta’s reconstruction in 1870. Located just west of the current Turner Field, there are several reasons this area has current and future potential. The community gets its unique name from the numerous railway mechanics that lived here with their families in the late 19th century. The proximity of nearby rail lines, just south of downtown Atlanta, made it an excellent location for commuting to work. Besides the rail workers that lived in the neighborhood, Mechanicsville was also considered a dynamic multi-ethnic community and home to middle-class merchants, budding entrepreneurs, and working class families all living in the area. The Atlanta family that began the successful Rich’s department store for over 100 years (sold to Federated in 1976) lived in Mechanicsville when they started in 1867. This once popular neighborhood is poised to once again to become a thriving intown neighborhood thanks in part the Cityside project and other plans being developed by the new owners of the Ted and their partners.
New Chapter for Mechanicsville
This new Mechanicsville housing development and revitalization project is focused on increasing the affordability of quality housing available to the local workforce. Instead of federal funds being used to build another apartment complex in the area, the Mechanicsville Cityside project will offer 70+ new or refurbished detached single family homes available under a lease-purchase program. This will be a new type of housing offered in the city and Mayor Reed wants to find ways to create more of them for working-class families looking for affordable homebuying options. Brock Built is helping people become homeowners by building new homes and refurbishing existing homes in Mechanicsville. We have also helped by laying out a quality of life community master plan that includes new sidewalks, tree-lined streets, and vital green space for residents to enjoy. Plus, all the new homes being built here will receive green building certifications from the professionals at SK Collaborative.
“We’re excited to see all the planning and hard work finally coming to pass at Mechanicsville Cityside. For more than 10 years, we have worked closely with Columbia Residential and our City partners to see this project develop. It will provide families throughout the area a true place to raise their families.” – Steve Brock
On October 20th, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was co-hosted by Mayor Kasim Reed, Councilmember Cleta Winslow, The Dept of Planning & Community Development, Summech CDC, The State of Georgia, Columbia Residential, and Brock Built Homesto celebrate the project. The City of Atlanta has worked with local area residents for many years to adopt a Community Redevelopment Plan for the Mechanicsville solely aimed at revitalizing the neighborhood. Special thanks to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the nearly 6 million in approved funding assistance, without this the Mechanicsville Cityside project would not be where it is today.
Sources: MyAJC, Fox5Atlanta, Atlanta Magazine, Mechanicsville Civic Association Image Credits: SK Collaborative