A project that will add nearly 300 more housing units to a flurry of development near the BeltLine’s Southside Trail corridor expects to begin full construction in a matter of weeks.

The TPA Residential venture, untitled for now, will rise from 8.2 acres where United Avenue meets Avondale Avenue in Boulevard Heights, about two blocks east of the BeltLine and Grant Park.

According to the project’s Special Administrative Permit application in late 2021, the site is an unused landfill that’s been capped with fill-dirt over the years.

Atlanta-based TPA closed on a purchase of the site two weeks ago and has been granted a permit to begin remediation and environmental cleanup. We’re told that work to secure the site is ongoing, with full construction slated to begin within roughly the next month.

The site of TPA Residential's mix of rental townhomes and apartments along United Avenue, with the BeltLine's Southside Trail corridor depicted at left. Google Maps

Exterior plans for the rental townhomes. TPA Residential

Some 150,000 yards of trash, illegally dumped on site over the years, needs to be removed to prepare the site for construction. According to TPA’s project website, the development has been approved for the Brownfield Tax Credit Program for “the voluntary cleanup and redevelopment of an environmentally contaminated site.”

TPA’s plans call for 228 apartments in a mid-rise building, alongside 63 rental townhomes spread around 10 structures situated closer to United Avenue. As required by zoning, a small retail space will be included in one corner of the multifamily building.

Fifteen percent of the apartments and townhomes will be reserved as affordable housing, as required by BeltLine inclusionary housing rules.

The first units are expected to deliver in spring or summer 2024.

Empire Communities’ recently developed the Swift, a sold-out townhome project, is next door.

The current site plan, with Empire Communities' existing Swift townhomes depicted at left, and United Avenue at right. TPA Residential

TPA Residential

Down the street, TPA is also building a 275-unit project called 680 Hamilton on 6 acres that directly front the BeltLine, near the Southside Trail’s intersection with Boulevard. About 7,000 square feet of adaptive-reuse retail is planned in that project.  

Featuring a couple of hundred houses today, Boulevard Heights is a relatively small southeast Atlanta neighborhood founded in the 1920s that borders Grant Park, Ormewood Park, and Chosewood Park.

As the promise of a paved Southside Trail draws closer, that housing stock is set to more than triple.

An internal street with a parking garage and multifamily housing at the Boulevard Heights development. TPA Residential

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