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Herndon Square Phase II promises affordable housing solutions

Atlanta, Georgia – The second phase of the Herndon Homes redevelopment project officially began last week marking the start of a new era for mixed-income housing in Atlanta. A 12-acre public housing neighborhood that had been empty for a while will get new life thanks to the effort of Pennrose, Atlanta Housing, the City of Atlanta, Hunt Companies, and Oakwood Development Group.

When Herndon Square Phase II is finished, which is projected to occur in the spring of 2026, it will have 201 mixed-income multifamily homes with one, two, and three bedrooms. With 31 market-rate units and 170 affordable units for people and families making between 30 and 80 percent of the area’s median income, this varied offering is meant to meet the needs of a wide range of residents. This range of prices is about $21,450 to $57,200 for a one-person home, which is in line with city’s efforts in providing accessible housing for addressing the housing crisis.

The community will have a parking deck, a wellness clinic, a fitness center, and a computer business and learning center, among other things. This amneties make the project even more appealing. There will also be a green space inside the courtyard and a covered picnic place outside.

One exciting part of Phase II is the addition of 10,000 square feet of commercial space that will link to the nearby Science Square, which is a bio-health and life science campus that was built by the Georgia Institute of Technology and Trammell Crow Company. This integration not only makes the area more economically viable, but it also makes Herndon Square a hub for both residential and scientific progress.

When regional vice president at Pennrose Amon Martin talked about how important the project was, he emphasized how it would change Atlanta’s Historic Westside.

“Herndon Square Phase II will have a significant and positive impact on Atlanta’s Historic Westside, providing workforce and deeply affordable housing options for local families and individuals,” said Amon Martin, regional vice president at Pennrose. “By integrating with the neighboring science campus and placing residents in close proximity to local job centers, we hope to expand economic opportunities and outcomes for residents of all incomes.”

The redevelopment plan also encompasses extensive infrastructure improvements, such as a redesigned street grid and modernized utility systems, ensuring a sustainable and accessible urban environment for future generations.

The Herndon Square project will include 379 multifamily units, a 97-unit senior building, 32 townhomes, and a commercial lot that will be used for a grocery store. When it’s finished, it will be a complete resource for the neighborhood.

“High-quality housing is just one component of this multi-faceted development,” said Marsha Blunt , president of Pennrose Management Company. “We look forward to working closely with project partners and the local community to provide expansive on-site supportive services to help improve resident quality of life.”

As the rebuilding of Herndon Square moves forward, it serves as a symbol of hope and progress, pointing the way to a better future for Atlanta’s Historic Westside and becoming a model for mixed-income urban development across the country.

Aurelia Whitlock


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