The Georgia Trust will demonstrate that it is feasible to rehabilitate and revitalize neighborhoods affordably and sustainably without displacing longtime residents.

Sustainable. Historic. Affordable.

In March 2018, the Georgia Trust acquired three Beltline properties in West Atlanta that we plan to rehabilitate and sell as affordable housing.

Two of the properties are houses that the Trust will rehabilitate; the third property is an undeveloped lot, which will provide opportunity for compatible new construction.

After construction is completed, the two houses will be sold to low-to-moderate income families and placed in the Atlanta Land Trust to ensure permanent affordability. Preservation easements will be placed on the homes to protect them from demolition or insensitive alterations in perpetuity.

 

About the Previous Longtime Owner

The properties were purchased from the family of Edward Johnson, a longtime resident of the community who served during World War II as a ground school instructor with the Tuskegee Airmen. A longstanding member of Friendship Baptist Church, Johnson became the first black licensed master electrician in the city of Atlanta. In 1947 he started his own business, Johnson and Wood Electric Company, in partnership with Charles Wood, Sr., a fellow Tuskegee graduate. Their company wired homes and businesses, did repairs, and served as a training ground for young black electricians. After retiring, Johnson continued to work weekends at the Clark Atlanta University power plant until he stopped at the age of 80.

About the West Atlanta Properties

The properties are located near the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail in historic Washington Park and Mozley Park. Both neighborhoods are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The two houses contribute to the historical integrity and architectural qualities of those neighborhoods.

The Washington Park house was built in 1953 for Edward Johnson, who raised his family in the home. Located adjacent to the Westside Beltline, the house contains 1,500 square feet with three bedrooms.

 

The house in the Mozley Park neighborhood is a two-bedroom bungalow that was built in the 1920s and contains 1,300 square feet. An addition will be added to the back to create a third bedroom and second bathroom.

“We will use this project as an opportunity to educate the public that a neighborhood is more than its physical buildings—it is also the sense of community which is established by residents who have multigenerational relationships that are now being threatened by irresponsible real estate speculation.”

Mark C. McDonald, President and CEO of The Georgia Trust