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Atlanta Habitat's $12 Million Move to Reynoldstown

Agency renovating foreclosed site for new headquarters.

For years, Atlanta Habitat for Humanity has been based in Grant Park.

The agency helps put families into their own homes that they, along with the help of volunteers and home-building professionals construct.

But Atlanta Habitat, which has built some 1,200 homes across Atlanta and surrounding Fulton County since its founding in 1983, hasn't had a home of its own. (Atlanta Habitat is a separate affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, which has its operational headquarters in Americus and administrative offices in Downtown.)

It has outgrown its current rented headquarters at 519 Memorial Drive, necessitating a push for new digs. The current lease expires at the end 2014.

It explains the agency's $12 million campaign that includes the purchase of a graffiti-covered cluster of buildings in Reynoldstown, at 824 Memorial Drive, at the northwest corner of Chester Avenue.

Larrie Del Martin, Atlanta Habitat's president and chief executive, said the property was in foreclosure and it was too good a deal to reject.

What's more, its location in the city, access to MARTA's transit network and major roadways and interstates, fits the criteria they sought, she said.

The new space will be owned as opposed to rented and will have better configurations for meetings and classes and workshops for clients.

The ReStore, which sells new and gently used home improvement materials, also will relocate to the Reynoldstown site but be in a freestanding facility.

Martin spoke with East Atlanta Patch this week to discuss the project and the long-term vision for the new site.

Please click on the video to hear our interview.

Laura b January 10, 2013 at 03:01 AM
What's going to happen to the old building?? I live across the street.
Péralte Paul (Editor) January 10, 2013 at 05:50 AM
Will ask the owner what immediate plans are, if any.
Sara Brown January 10, 2013 at 04:19 PM
this is great news! welcome to the neighborhood Habitat!
Tia McCoy January 11, 2013 at 01:47 PM
It will be nice to have new neighbors. Excited about the change
ChadK February 22, 2013 at 02:14 AM
The building design looks great! I love that they're keeping the best elements of the deco facade. My only gripe is the lack of activation on the corner of Chester.

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