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Mayor Bottoms Announces City’s First Comprehensive Effort to Activate Public Land for Affordable Housing

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the City’s first-ever comprehensive effort to activate public land for affordable housing. This initiative was a top priority for the Mayor’s One Atlanta Housing Affordability Action Plan, released in July of 2019.

“Leveraging public property is a substantial, largely untapped tool, that we can utilize as we work to increase affordable and workforce housing in Atlanta,” said Mayor Bottoms. “The activation of public land complements efforts already underway and will help maintain Atlanta’s economic diversity and ensure long-term affordability for our residents.”

As of April 2021, the Administration has completed an inventory of public property and presented the first four properties slated for activation for affordable housing development to City Council’s Community Development and Human Services Committee on Tuesday, April 27th.

Three of the properties are single lots that will be developed as single-family plus accessory dwelling unit housing. The other property is a 0.9-acre site across from City Hall that will be developed as dense, mixed-use infill housing in conjunction with Invest Atlanta.

In addition, Mayor Bottoms signed an Administrative Order creating an interagency advisory council to identify more public land for development as affordable housing. The advisory council will include City staff, representatives from Invest Atlanta, Atlanta Housing, the Metro Atlanta Land Bank, community members, and other affordable housing partners. This group will seek to achieve long-term affordability through innovative design and financing practices in new housing developed on public property.

Find more information on the Mayor’s One Atlanta Housing Affordability Action Plan.

Publication courtesy of Metro Atlanta CEO – April 28, 2021.