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In shadow of downtown, 170-unit affordable housing build begins

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The construction activity on the corner of Sweet Auburn, whistling away from MARTA Station, is the latest example of what the eastern rental community considers exclusively affordable housing.

Just like 116 units Madison in Reynolds Town The project under construction along BeltLine’s Eastside Trail is a condominium recently launched on Gartrell Street, with a variety of apartments reserved for people who earn certain income limits.

Called McCaulejye ParkThe 170-unit mixed-income complex is just north of Decatur Street and MARTA’s King Memorial Station.

This is a partnership between developer Pennrose and healthcare service provider Mercy Care, doubling the size of Sweet Auburn’s clinic and office facilities a few blocks west of the intersection with the nearby Old Force Ward.


The recently expanded office-clinic apartment relationship just north of Decatur Street and MARTA’s King Memorial Station. Courtesy of Smith Dahlia Architects

A representative from SmithDalia Architects, an Atlanta-based company that designs both projects, tells Urbanize Atlanta that the apartments are separate from offices and clinics, but share parking.

According to Mercy Housing, McAuley Park’s 170 rentals are available to people with different income levels, from studios to two-bedroom apartments.

Another 100 units for the elderly are planned in a later phase.


Phase 1 of the Penrose and Mercy Care apartment project has begun at 375 northwest of Ghatler Street in Sweet Auburn. Google map

Building benefits include a roof deck with downtown views, a resident lounge, a gym, and a business center, according to Mercy Housing officials.

Rental of McCaulejye Park is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2024.

Mercy Care recognizes that businesses and charitable partners will be able to expand 36,000 square feet next to Decatur Street, doubling the size of previous facilities and enabling growth.


An extended façade overlooking downtown Atlanta. Photo by Brian Clam; Courtesy of Smith Dalia Architects

Mercy Care serves more than 6,000 patients at the Sweet Auburn facility, which is considered vulnerable, with a focus on helping the homeless.

If the aforementioned partnership rang, Smith Dalia teamed up with Mercy Care and Mercy Housing. Clinic project At Chambery, which opened in 2017. However, Mercy Housing is not involved in the Sweet Auburn initiative.

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