The resurrection of the long-dormant Atlanta Civic Center might finally be on the horizon, as the deadline for developers to submit overhaul proposals rapidly approaches.

Once property owner Atlanta Housing’s (AH) board of commissioners sifts through the submissions, due Jan. 28, they will invite developers with the best pitches for the 19-acre, Old Fourth Ward site to present plans to transform it into a mixed-use complex.

The public housing agency’s board could vote to select a developer as soon as next month, at its monthly meeting. 

“We’ve got to make good decisions,” AH CEO Eugene Jones said. “We’re waiting to see who’s going to be coming up to the top and who’s going to be making a presentation.”

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens repeatedly invoked the need to redevelop the site while campaigning, and he’s touted the Civic Center’s revival as a top goal for his administration. 

“This project is one of the most important mixed-income, mixed-use projects we can do, and it’s in a high-land cost, amenity-rich part of the city,” Dickens told Atlanta Civic Circle on Friday. 

“I want it executed well and quickly,” he added. 

Built in 1967, the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center was once a cultural hub — a place to see musicals, concerts, plays, and lectures — but the complex shuttered in 2014, and it has sat vacant since.

AH, which assumed ownership in 2017, issued a request for qualifications in August that envisioned a mixed-use community replete with housing — some affordable — plus offices, hotel rooms, retail offerings, and public green space. The agency also expects the developer it selects to preserve some of the cultural fabric of the site, including the famous 4,600-seat auditorium. 

If all goes according to AH’s plan, the iconic site could one day host thousands of new residences in apartment towers — with 4.3 million square feet allotted for affordable and market-rate housing — according to the housing agency’s RFQ

The property’s rebirth is long overdue, and city leaders have been advocating for the restoration for years. 

“The thing I hear most from neighbors is, ‘Let’s just do something,’” said City Councilman Amir Farokhi, who represents District 2, where the Civic Center is located, in 2020.

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  1. I’ve been looking for an affordable housing for a year n a half,no results. I have a housing choice voucher n have been turned down for housing. I’ve got a little problem with my credit score just slow payment due to the pandemic. Can you please help me find housing relocating from Birmingham. Thx U n God bless!!!

    1. Have you contacted the Atlanta Housing Authority?

      If you have a voucher in Birmingham have your case manager to contact AHA to see what the process is for porting to Atlanta and have your voucher under AHA. Meanwhile work on your credit.

      Best of luck

    2. You will first need to request to port with your administering housing authority. You must designate the location you would like to port (i.e., Atlanta, DeKalb, Fulton. Please keep in mind Atlanta Housing Authority is separate from Fulton County Housing Authority). Once you submit your request, your case manager will start your process. In addition, please keep in mind one of the requirements for the Atlanta Housing Authority is the work requirement for all household members between the ages of 18-61 that are non-disabled. Hope this helps.

  2. I’m in Apartment Housing according to income, but I’m a senior 74 years, and this building is not suitable for seniors, the younger people is more energetic than we seniors, and the management do have the interest for seniors in their need, so it makes it very difficult to live out your years that God Bless you with in a very pleasant way, seniors need to be together not mix with younger people, that is not wise.

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