Nearly two years after the city picked a development team to inject almost 200 affordable residences into the heart of downtown, the project continues to line up financing with an eye on finally breaking ground next year.

Invest Atlanta’s Board of Directors approved up to $3 million in Eastside Tax Allocation District funding during its September meeting to help get a mixed-use project called Trinity Central Flats off the ground at 104 Trinity Ave.

Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development arm, is a partner in the $72 million development. The $3 million Eastside TAD Ascension Fund Grant will join a list of other federal and state funding sources, including tax-exempt bonds and tax credits.

According to renderings and planning documents, Trinity Central Flats calls for 218 units in 10 stories—both affordable and market-rate—rising across the street from Atlanta City Hall.

The 1.3-acre parcel in question near City Hall. Atlanta Department of City Planning/Instagram

Fleshed-out depiction of the proposal, rising 10 stories from the corner and linked to an existing parking garage. Invest Atlanta/Trinity Central Flats

Vacant and fenced-off for well over a decade, the 1.3-acre site is within walking distance of three MARTA stations, as Department of City Planning officials have noted in calling it one of Atlanta’s “most convenient locations.”

The Atlanta City Council voted unanimously in spring 2021 to offload the corner parcel for $1 to Invest Atlanta.

Construction is estimated to be complete in 2026, according to Invest Atlanta spokesperson Katrice Mines. The construction process is expected to take 18 months, which means the earliest work might begin is sometime in summer 2024.  

Trinity Central Flats will offer rents as low as $893 monthly for 450-square-foot studio units, reserved for tenants earning no more than 50 percent of the area median income. Plans call for other apartments to be reserved for people earning up to 60 and 80 percent AMI.

The largest market-rate rentals in the building—three-bedroom units with 1,165 square feet—will charge $1,532 monthly, according to Invest Atlanta.

Invest Atlanta says 187 units total will be offered at 60 percent AMI or below. The agency lists Radiant Development Partners and Capitol Hill Neighborhood Development Corporation, a neighborhood booster group established in the early 1990s, as project leaders.

SSOE | Stevens & Wilkinson

The development team was picked in December 2021 following a public selection process. Elsewhere in Atlanta, Radiant is a partner in a BeltLine-adjacent project with an affordable housing component near Lindbergh.

Also included in Trinity Avenue designs by architecture firm SSOE/Stevens & Wilkinson is 7,500 square feet of retail space meant to help activate Central Avenue in the area.

Plans also call for an 18,000-square-foot urban garden atop an existing parking deck next door and the largest solar array on any multifamily building in Georgia. Those green, sustainable facets are expected to reduce energy use in the building’s common areas by 30 percent, bringing down residential utility bills in the process, project heads have said.

SSOE | Stevens & Wilkinson

The property will remain under Invest Atlanta’s ownership and be leased for 99 years instead of sold outright.

That arrangement is meant to help developers “achieve deeper, longer-term affordability for residents and local businesses by saving millions of dollars otherwise spent on land acquisition in a traditional property sale,” as city officials put it in 2021.


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