Traditional public housing is coming to end at the last two county-run properties in Sandy Springs. One is being rehabbed and converted to a public-private affordable housing partnership, while the other will be sold and demolished.

The apartment towers at 144 Allen Road, which provide affordable housing to seniors and people with disabilities, is in the midst of a $10 million renovation by the Housing Authority of Fulton County in partnership with the Benoit Group and the Raymond James investment firm. Renamed Sterling Place, the 100-unit Allen Road building is changing from county-run public housing to voucher-based subsidized housing.

And the nine-unit public housing complex at 151 W. Belle Isle Road is being sold to a shopping center developer for use as parking. That aging property is too expensive to maintain, said Teresa Davis at HAFC.

The federal government is “really trying to get out of the business of public housing,” Davis said. Instead, it is encouraging voucher-based programs and other solutions.

Rehab on the eight-story Allen Road complex’s east tower was completed earlier this year. Late last month, residents began moving out of the west tower for rehab there, targeted to finish next February. The residents are temporarily living at three private apartment complexes in Sandy Springs, with HAFC paying the difference in their rent, Davis said.

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.