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Two City of Atlanta Initiatives Receive ARC Awards

Post Date:11/18/2014 3:00 PM
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News Release

Thế giới cáTwo City of Atlanta Initiatives Receive ARC Awards

Imperial Hotel and Collier Heights Community among 2014 Winners

ATLANTA -  The City of Atlanta Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) applauds the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) for selecting two successfully completed initiatives. The honors were announced at the November 7 ARC State of the Region breakfast. The renovation of historic Imperial Hotel was selected for the coveted 2014 Development of Excellence award. The property is now known as the Commons at Imperial Hotel.

“The Commons at Imperial Hotel is an exceptional example of tremendous teamwork and partnership and the award is a reminder of the City’s commitment to creating high-quality, affordable housing,” said Interim Housing Director, Derrick Jordan. “Being recognized for the planning and effort to complete the Commons at Imperial Hotel is a major milestone for us.” He said.

The LEED-Gold certified Commons at Imperial Hotel offers 90 affordable housing units for residents who were previously homeless or who need special services such as counseling. It was redeveloped through a public-private partnership that included DPCD, Columbia Residential, National Church Residences, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, and the Atlanta Housing Authority.

During ARC’s awards ceremony the Collier Heights community received an Exceptional Merit for Community and Historic Preservation award. Both Georgia State University and the Collier Heights Community Association contributed to Collier Heights being added to the National Register of Historic Places. In 2013, DPCD Office of Planning staff helped the community obtain a local historic designation.
“What a wonderful opportunity for this community to be showcased and honored,” said Office of Planning Director, Charletta Wilson Jacks. “This upper and middle class community was built for distinguished African Americans from the 1950’s through the 1970’s; and it’s amazing to see its prominence recognized and respected by ARC and the Atlanta region,” she said.

Collier Heights was planned and developed specifically as a suburban community for upper and middle class African Americans. Many of the region’s most prominent leaders, from Herman Russell and Donald Lee Hollowell, to Ralph David Abernathy, III and the Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. have been residents of Collier Heights.

About the Department of Planning and Community Development:

The mission of the Department of Planning and Community Development is to plan and implement the future by guiding the physical and economic development of the City while enhancing the quality of life for all through a comprehensive range of planning, design review, construction plan approval, and housing preservation and assistance services and programs.

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