Client: The Benoit Group
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Federal low-income housing tax credit program
208 affordable unit renovation
Redesigned amenities and common spaces
The Wheat Street Towers is the renovation of a 1973 apartment tower in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic District of Atlanta, within a stone’s throw of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Park. The original building is an L-shaped concrete tower that included 208 units over 14 stories. For the renovation, the units and common areas were redesigned to make them compliant with a host of regulations that have been adopted since its initial construction, including new fire codes, Fair Housing, UFAS, and ADA. In addition to bringing the units up to compliance, the team took the opportunity to modernize the look and function of the units – increasing the size of the kitchens and opening up the interior spaces as much as possible. These units were converted to age-restricted units for low-income residents, funded in part through the federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program. In addition to the units themselves, the renovation creates a new sky lounge with impressive views of the city and an array of historic memorabilia highlighting the history of the area and of prominent African Americans in the country. On the first floor, the renovation provides a new multi-purpose theatre room complete with vintage movie posters, and gathering space with an associated warming kitchen. An updated computer lab provides wheelchair accessible workstations, a new fitness room, a game room, and a new community room were also part of the updates. In all cases, the team widened access to make room for wheelchairs and motorized scooters and opened up the interior space to create a more visual connection between areas.