Another south ITP housing venture is expected to officially break ground Saturday that project leaders say will offer attainable housing with quick access to MARTA transit and attractions in College Park’s historic, commercial core.

The 60-unit development, Diamond College Park, is under construction now at 1816 Harvard Avenue as part of a broader redevelopment of College Park First United Methodist Church’s property.

The four-story building will rise adjacent to the College Park MARTA station and a block from downtown’s restaurants and shops, with the city’s recently renovated library and City Hall also nearby, according to project leaders Tapestry Development Group, a Decatur-based nonprofit with similar ventures dotted around the Southeast.

According to Tapestry reps, Diamond College Park’s mixed-income unit breakdown will see 26 one-bedroom rentals and 34 two-bedroom options. Just 10 apartments will rent at market-rate.

The affordability component will include 22 units renting at 50 percent of the area median income, with the remaining homes reserved for tenants earning 60 percent AMI. Interestingly, the property will include “noise attenuation features to remediate airport and railroad noise for interior spaces,” per developers.

The Diamond College Park project location in relation to the city's MARTA hub and downtown retail. Google Maps

The 60-unit Diamond College Park.Courtesy of Tapestry Development

A small parking lot will be included on site, with additional parking located down the street on land purchased from the City of College Park Business and Industrial Development Authority. Swinerton Construction is on board to build the project. 

Tapestry has teamed with Good Places, an Atlanta-based social impact real estate development firm, and Congress Heights Community Training & Development Corporation, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit, on the College Park venture. 

The project owners also plan to partner with two local nonprofit organizations—Push Push and Open Hand Atlanta—to provide supplemental services for residents ranging from art programming to nutritional education.

The apartments will join a broader development next door called ION College Park, expected to open early this year with live-work condos and space for future retail, officials said.  

Plans for the broader, mixed-use ION College Park project, with the forthcoming apartments pictured at bottom. Courtesy of Good Places

The church-adjacent development activity is located across the street from The Pad on Harvard apartments, which developers Air Realty (now Windsor Stevens Holdings) called the city’s first new mid-rise in 40 years when it opened five years ago. 

Project leaders say Diamond College Park is on pace to open for occupancy in October. Find a closer look in the gallery above.


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