Promising an “exceptional portrait” of “intown Atlanta suburban living,” a sizable residential development near the junction of Kirkwood and East Atlanta is on pace to start opening this month, according to project officials.

Christened with the portmanteau “EastWood Townhomes,” the 103-unit project continues two intown trends especially prevalent near Memorial Drive: the influx of new townhome product and former church properties being redeveloped for different purposes.

According to Sam Mitchell, an associate with developer Urban Realty Partners, the first EastWood buildings are on pace to start delivering in late April. A phased delivery throughout the summer will follow that.

EastWood rents start at $1,740 monthly for what’s considered a one-bedroom, one-bathroom “flat” unit with 625 square feet.

Example of planned facades at the EastWood Townhomes on Clifton Street near I-20. Courtesy of Urban Realty Partners

The centralized amenities area. Courtesy of Urban Realty Partners

The largest townhome option listed to date—three bedrooms and three and ½ bathrooms in 1,709 square feet—starts at $3,600 right now. Floorplans have yet to be posted, but Mitchell says 3D floorplan models are coming to the EastWood website soon.

Situated about four miles due east of downtown, the EastWood project broke ground in summer 2022 and demolished the fire-damaged Gospel Tabernacle Cathedral, a 1980s church property once headed by prominent pastor Wiley Jackson and operated as part of World in Action Ministries.  

The 4-acre community is located in the 200 block of Clifton Street, between quickly developing Memorial Drive and Interstate 20 on Kirkwood’s southern fringes, with Alonzo A. Crim High School and its sports fields across the street.

The project architect, Lessard Design firm, also drew up rental townhomes taking shape on Arizona Avenue in Edgewood.

Inside the EastWood clubhouse. Courtesy of Urban Realty Partners

The Clifton Street acreage was maxed out for EastWood buildings, which didn’t allow much room for greenspace, so amenities were concentrated around a centralized communal building, project leaders have said. Those will include coworking spaces, a pool, and a common room, all in an amenity building with what’s called a midcentury-inspired design.

Prior to redevelopment, the property had experienced a few turbulent years.

In 2019, a fire ripped through the abandoned church structure in the early morning hours, collapsing parts of the roof and façade. By late 2021, passersby were witnessing public urination and blatant drug use on the property, according to code enforcement complaints. Developers enlisted the help of homeless outreach services, Atlanta police, and city officials to assist those being displaced.

According to RealtyTrac, the property sold in November 2021 for $4.35 million. The former church was built in 1987, per LoopNet records.

Urban Realty is the Atlanta-based firm behind Memorial Dive’s Gibson by Radius project and Grant Park’s GlenCastle. Its other projects in the Memorial Drive corridor include The Leonard apartments and Oakland Park condos in Grant Park.

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