Mayor Kasim Reed announced during a Thursday afternoon press conference that the Atlanta Civic Center has been sold and will be transformed into a mixed-use development with 30 percent affordable housing.

Reed said the Atlanta Housing Authority will partner on the project with Weingarten Realty.

“This will be the largest commitment to affordable housing in the heart of the city in more than a decade,” Reed said.

The $31 million transaction will see the Atlanta Housing Authority acting as lead developer on the housing component, while Weingarten will handle retail and office space. The site is likely to have multiple high-rise buildings.

Reed said the current Civic Center, built in 1967, will likely not be preserved but there is discussion about building a smaller entertainment complex on the site.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

One reply on “Atlanta Civic Center to become mixed-use development with affordable housing”

  1. Lame! Kasim’s fire sale on Atlanta assets will continue until he is out of office. The first sale or two was probably wise, but he should have pumped the brakes two projects ago. I appreciate the affordable housing aspect, but with Weingarten (who develops retail centers) this project will be boring AF. This is a prime piece of real estate near MARTA, downtown, the Fox, and more which could be the site of a spectacular, city changing project. Instead we’ll get another cookie cutter mixed use center that will excite no one. Can we please invest in interesting projects?!

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