Partners, Volume 13, Number 1, 2003

Georgia’s Seniors Living in Style

By Sibyl Howell


Until recently, affordable housing options for Georgia’s older adults have been limited. The continuum of choices has been confined to one of two categories — assisted-living facilities or nursing homes. Responding to an unmet demand in a growing housing market, Atlanta-based Capitol Development Group (CDG) is working to change the image and availability of affordable senior housing in Georgia.

As members of the baby boom generation (those born between 1946 and 1964) reach retirement age in record numbers, and health care advances help seniors live longer, the population of elderly Americans is set to accelerate rapidly. The requirements of the aging population, especially low- and moderate-income individuals, will have a far-reaching impact on housing needs.

CDG is creating innovative models of developments that will provide low- and moderate-income seniors with affordable housing options as well as the added value of convenient services and unique amenities.

New image for affordable senior housing

Renaissance at Park Place South is one of several residential communities for seniors owned by CDG. Located within a 38-acre development administered by the Atlanta Development Authority, the 100-unit community has an on-site beauty salon, a doctor’s office, an exercise gym, television rooms, a library, and extensive on-site recreational and social activities. CDG is also completing Linden Square, an affordable senior housing facility with many of the same amenities, in Augusta, Georgia.

Working in partnership with Atlanta's Historic District Development Corporation and Atlanta Development Authority, CDG is also developing Auburn Glen at Boulevard. This 271-unit apartment complex will consist of 75 percent affordable housing units and 25 percent market-rate units. Included in the property will be 15,000 square feet of commercial space, and it may even house the new Martin Luther King Jr. library branch.

In addition, CDG is currently undertaking the first new construction of affordable housing in Savannah in recent years. The Oaks at Brandlewood will consist of 324 garden-style apartments located in 14 two- and three-story buildings. The majority of the units will be targeted to families earning 60 percent or less of the area’s median income. Amenities will include a separate community facility, swimming pool, playground, car care area, basketball court and picnic venue. Special services for tenants will also be offered, including units for the visually and hearing-impaired, adult education classes, child tutoring, and computer labs.


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