A crowd of dignitaries, Trinity Walk residents, local officials, project partners and neighbors gathered on Oct. 5 for the official opening of Phases I and II of Trinity Walk, the exciting redevelopment of the former Gateway Manor and Oakview apartments at
- Jon Abercrombie, Vice Chairman of the DHA Board of Commissioners
- Fred Boykin, Mayor Pro Tem, City of
- Laurel Hart, Housing Finance and Development Division Director,
Georgia Department of Community Affairs
- David Pedrick, Senior Technical Project Manager, Southface
Dakar Gibbs, Senior Vice President, Bank of America
“Affordable housing is the foundation of a stable community,” said Faust. “Families are free to focus their energies on health, education and employment if they have a safe and comfortable place to live.” Faust went on to thank the many partners that made the redevelopment possible, especially the City of Decatur, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), Southface Energy Institute/EarthCraft and the residents themselves.
Abercrombie praised the City of
Trinity Walk features 121 one, two and three-bedroom energy-efficient apartment flats and townhomes in six contemporary, three-story buildings. Thirty-two of the apartments were created for the elderly and/or disabled, while the remaining 89 units were designed for families. Trinity Walk’s first two phases are already fully occupied. Following remarks, a ribbon-cutting and refreshments, guests were invited to tour the property and visit one of the apartment homes. In addition to Trinity Park residents, partners for the redevelopment include the City of Decatur, City Schools of Decatur, MARTA, Hudson Housing Partners, Sugar Creek Realty, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, HUD, SK Collaborative, TERRACON, LM Consultants, Hemenway Group, LLC, McCurdy & Candler, LLC, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP, CohnReznick, LLP, Wylde Center, Bryant Pharmacy & Compounding and DeKalb County Cooperative Extension EFNEP Program. The architect for Trinity Walk is Lord Aeck Sargent and Kimley-Horn is the landscape architect and project engineer. Bradley Construction is the general contractor. www.decaturhousing.org
These strategic partnerships were formed to create innovative solutions to development challenges and to build a transformational community that went beyond simply providing housing. The programs and solutions include:
- HUD splitting the Trinity Walk affordability contract into two separate contracts to cover units in Phase I and Phase II, ensuring residents did not suffer any disruption in their housing assistance throughout the redevelopment process.
- Working with the City of
Decatur and HUD to minimize resident relocation and offering families choice-based temporary housing.
- Partnering with Decatur City Schools to ensure that Trinity Walk children who were temporarily relocated could continue to attend the city’s award-winning public schools. DHA provided transportation stipends where needed to assist in getting the relocated children to and from school.
- Building a community garden onsite and partnering with
Decatur’s Wylde Center and the University of Georgia Extension Service to offer onsite gardening, cooking and nutrition programs.
- Working with local business Bryant Pharmacy to provide free, regular health screenings to residents.
- Collaborating with Decatur Education Foundation, local citizens and
Decatur businesses to create The Opportunity Partnership, a mentoring program for low income students. The program connects the students with quality opportunities to help them explore their interests, find their passions and develop useful life skills.
- Offering DHA’s award-winning
STARS Afterschool Program onsite for younger students, which includes tutoring, homework assistance, reading, computer skills and enrichment classes.
The Trinity Walk apartments were constructed to EarthCraft green building specifications and will receive EarthCraft Multifamily and EarthCraft Communities certifications. The community was designed with a central Greenway that allows residents to move throughout the campus without interacting with cars at most street crossings. The Greenway features community gardens, seating and gathering areas and a “tot lot”.
The Trinity Walk property includes innovative stormwater retention solutions. The site infrastructure minimizes the use of pipes to convey runoff, and instead, features a green system made up of enhanced bio-swales which naturally filter the water and return it to the soil, three bioretention areas and an 8,000-gallon stormwater cistern which captures roof runoff for irrigation reuse. In addition, DHA worked with the City of
Sylvia Walker and her children were among the first residents of Trinity Walk. “This community has been a blessing to my family. It’s safe and secure, and my children can attend
“Trinity Walk is more than bricks and mortar, it’s a transformational community,” said Faust. “The redevelopment team focused on healthy living, which incorporates energy efficient building design and materials along with numerous community features to encourage neighbor interaction and outdoor pursuits. The nearly 6-acre Trinity Walk campus boasts two children’s playgrounds, an outdoor community gathering area, raised garden beds and a 1/3 mile walking trail. The onsite community
“Thanks to a far-reaching and innovative community partnership, DHA has been able to transform a deteriorated and obsolete housing project into a model apartment community that meets far more than just the need for affordable housing ,” continued Faust. “Trinity Walk is a beautiful, sustainable, and functional community which will even further enhance the vitality, diversity and civic pride of downtown
The Decatur Housing Authority (DHA) has served the needs of the residents of the City of