Project Summary
Midtown Villages (Melrose Homes Redevelopment)

Modernizing affordable housing through complete interior and exterior renovations

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The Space
Square Footage 1,400,000
Location Gainesville, GA

Midtown Villages receives interior and exterior renovations to multiple apartment complexes within the local community. This extensive project is comprised of 200 affordable housing units across 54 buildings on six sites, providing hundreds of residents with significant upgrades, including central air conditioning and green building features to promote a healthier living environment. As a result, Midtown Villages achieved National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Certification.

Community renovations include exterior façade improvements with roofing, flooring, bathroom, and kitchen upgrades to offer residents the best in affordable living. Additionally, the Choate project team installed new mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems throughout the properties. To better serve residents, this project includes a new maintenance building and multipurpose community center.

Fast-Tracked Schedule for Affordable Living

Conquering a tight schedule, the project team turned over 66 units every 30 days. This efficient execution of the project’s scope was designed to provide residents with high-quality, affordable living as soon as possible.

The team also worked closely with the owner, trade partners, and existing residents in the community to renovate occupied units with minimal disruption.

Midtown Villages recently earned the 2022 Affordable Housing Finance Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Public Housing Redevelopment.

Building More Accessible Communities

The team installed new mailboxes, benches, landscaping, a playground, soccer field, basketball court, and BBQ pavilion for residents to enjoy. Onsite services include tutoring, counseling, summer programs, mentoring, mothers’ and children’s reading programs, parenting programs, life skills training, senior programs, and health services.

Midtown Villages also created a public arts initiative aimed to increase education and appreciation among its residents, who have historically faced a lack of access to the arts. Three outdoor sculptures by local artists greet residents on the property, and the community’s Melrose Art and Activity Center (the MAC) serves as the hub for arts classes and programs.

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