As part of a push for higher-density affordable housing, a nonprofit organization is moving forward with its first all-townhome community on acreage north of Atlanta.

Roswell-based Habitat for Humanity–North Central Georgia recently received approval to move forward with a 50-unit community that’s been in the works for a year in Cherokee County’s Holly Springs.

The 6.3-acre site is located just east of Interstate 575 and north of Woodstock, about 30 miles from Midtown.

The Holly Springs City Council unanimously voted in January to approve the nonprofit builder’s request to annex and rezone the acreage on Edmondson Lane off Old Ga. Highway 5 to a designation more suitable for urban-style development. That followed a year of public hearings and community events that aimed to educate area residents on Habitat’s review and qualification process for its homeowners, according to project reps.

The target market for the townhomes will be qualified families who can't quite afford homeownership because of today's tough housing market, according to HFH–NCG.

North of Atlanta, the Habitat project's 6-acre site on Edmondson Lane off Old Ga. Highway 5. Google Maps

“This is a project that will have a generational impact on families living, working, and building better lives for themselves in our service area,” in an era of high mortgage rates and restricted housing supply, Mike Stafford, HFH–NCG’s president and board chair, said in a prepared statement.

“For several years now,” Stafford continued, “we have known that we need to have some higher-density settings in order to make homeownership affordable to the growing number of qualified Habitat for Humanity families.”

We’ve asked HFH–NCG representatives about the size and estimated pricing of the proposed townhomes—and the timeline for building them—but had not heard back as of press time. All units will qualify as affordable housing, according to the organization.

Amenities at the Edmondson Lane community will include pickleball courts, open greenspaces, and a nature trail. All townhomes will feature decks off the back and two-car garages, according to a project rendering provided to Urbanize Atlanta.

HFH–NCG was founded in 1994 and today serves North Fulton, Cherokee, Dawson, and Forsyth counties.

Find more information on volunteering and other services here. Have a look at the forthcoming Holly Springs project below. 

Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity – North Central Georgia


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