Saying Goodbye to the Past While Creating a Better Future

Saying Goodbye to the Past While Creating a Better Future

19 Feb 2011

While the obsolete Roosevelt House will be imploded February 27, 2011, the Atlanta Housing Authority is using federal stimulus funding to improve the quality of life for residents and increase the sustainability of its properties for decades to come.

AHA was awarded $26.5 million for capital improvements at 13 communities through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in March 2009 and will complete the work by Aug. 30, 2011.

Receiving upgrades are 11 high-rises for senior and young disabled residents. Click on the highlighted properties for complete details about improvements at these sites:

  • Barge Road Highrise : 2240 Barge Road
  • Cheshire Bridge Road Highrise: 2170 Cheshire Bridge Road
  • Cosby Spear Highrise: 355 North Ave.
  • East Lake Highrise: 380 East Lake Blvd.
  • Georgia Avenue Highrise: 174 Georgia Ave. SE
  • Hightower Manor Highrise: 2610 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
  • Juniper & Tenth Highrise: 150 10th St.
  • Marian Road Highrise: 760 Sidney Marcus Blvd. NE
  • Marietta Road Highrise: 2295 Marietta Road NW
  • Peachtree Road Highrise: 2240 Peachtree Road
  • Piedmont Road Highrise: 3601 Piedmont Road NE

AHA’s two affordable family communities receiving upgrades:

  • Martin Street Plaza: 600 Martin St.
  • Westminster: 1422 Piedmont Road

The improvements open up community spaces, add elbow room for innovative programming, increase accessibility in and around the property, and, most importantly, allow residents to age in place.

Specific site improvements include enhanced indoor/outdoor connections with exterior gardens and terraces; areas for mixed-generation interaction; building canopies at two properties to assist transportation access; improving site lighting and access control systems; and improved site circulation and parking.

Improvements to common areas in the high rises include deinstitutionalized layout, colors and architectural finishes; new furniture and equipment; renovated community rooms and kitchens; enhanced TV/media rooms that include Wii systems; wi-fi access; and more open space at concierge desk and management offices. Other upgrades include improvements to the lobbies and entrances and the creation of Internet cafes that include computers and wireless access supplied by AHA, which is also helping train seniors to go online to stay connected with friends, family and community.

Also receiving makeovers are laundry rooms, community kitchens, fitness rooms, mail rooms, and building management offices.

All of the high-rise communities are receiving newly created wellness offices for AHA’s collaboration with local schools of nursing, which include Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University, Birdine F. Lewis School of Nursing at Georgia State University, and Georgia Baptist College of Nursing at Mercer University.

AHA used the 7 Dimensions of Whole Person Wellness to guide many design decisions for common area renovations:

  • Physical Wellness: the ability to maintain a healthy quality of life that allows residents to get through daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress.
  • Social Wellness: the ability to establish and create positive relationships with family and friends.
  • Spiritual Wellness: the ability to establish peace and harmony in residents’ lives.
  • Emotional Wellness: the ability to understand and cope with life’s challenges.
  • Intellectual Wellness: the ability to open up to new ideas and experiences so that residents make better personal decisions and improve their interactions with groups.
  • Environmental Wellness: the ability to recognize responsibility for the quality of the air, water, and land.
  • Occupational Wellness: the ability to get personal fulfillment from jobs and careers.

The Atlanta Housing Authority is the largest housing agency in Georgia and one of the largest in the nation, serving approximately 50,000 people. AHA is committed to delivering quality affordable housing and spurring community development.

Posted by Atlanta Housing Authority at 11:34 AM

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