DHA Prepares to Demolish Final Two Story Allen Wilson Terrace Buildings, Sell Land To Fund New HousingDecatur Metro | March 10, 2014
You may have noticed the fencing around the final set of 2-story Allen Wilson Terrace buildings along Commerce Drive and West Trinity Place.
Decatur Planning Director Amanda Thompson confirms that the Decatur Housing Authority will demolish these units. City Manager Peggy Merriss says the demolition will occur after Phase III occupancy along Electric Ave is completed and noted that after the demolition “the DHA will market the land as a private housing development opportunity”.
This is in-line with the previous published plans for the development, which noted the eventual demolition of these final older units and “developing market rate housing along that side of the site”. With the occupancy of Phase III, the DHA has replaced the original 288 units at Allen Wilson Terrace on a smaller parcel of land, and notes on its website, ”An important part of that [plan] is the use of approximately one-third of the site, the north end, for a potential condo development of approximately 150 units, some of which would be life cycle units. The proceeds from the sale of this land will help fund the building of the new public housing units.”