Herndon Square mixed-use development will focus on affordable senior housing

A decade after demolishing the old Herndon Homes public housing project, a new mixed-use development featuring affordable housing for seniors will finally rise in its place.

The Atlanta Housing Authority broke ground today for the $166 million mixed-use Herndon Square on Northside Drive, west of Downtown. The development will also include 36,500 square feet of retail and health and wellness space.

The full development won’t be complete until 2026, but phase one – a 97-unit mid-rise building with housing for seniors age 62 and over – will open in Spring 2021. Herndon Square will eventually have 681 apartment units, with 45 percent dedicated to affordable housing for those earning up to 80 percent of the area median income.

Phase two of the development will have a mix of affordable and market-rate housing, retail, health and wellness space and greenspace. The final phase calls for 32 townhomes to be sold at standard market rate.

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