Village at Mills Creek
The Housing Authority of DeKalb County (HADC) developed a comprehensive plan to convert Tobie Grant Manor's 200 public housing units for the 21st century. The comprehensive project plan involves the relocation all of the residents (Uniform Relocation Plan), the demolition of the existing public housing, and the finance and redevelopment of the entire site through public and private partnerships.
Tobie Grant Manor, unincorporated DeKalb County’s last public housing project, is being redeveloped according to a multi-phase, mixed-use master plan, with an emphasis on mixed-income senior and family housing. Tobie Grant Manor, built in 1966 on 55 acres in Central DeKalb County's Scottdale community, included 200 units and consisted of 104 prairie-style single and duplex buildings.
The new development, Village at Mills Creek, is a master planned mixed finance development, the redevelopment site plan includes 380 units, including one family (200 units) and two senior (100 and 80 units) communities.
Relocation of Tobie Grant Manor residents was completed in the Spring of 2014 and demolition and reconstruction at the site began in November, 2014. Construction for Phase I, Reserve at Mills Creek, as well as parts of Phase II, Mills Creek Crossing, was completed with new residents began moving in May, 2016.
Each phase is a stand-alone project with separate financing. The communities will not share amenities or any other financial and physical components. The Housing Authority is working in partnership with DeKalb County Community Development to include an intergenerational center that will be located at the rear of the site.
Phase I of redevelopment, Reserve at Mills Creek, includes a100-unit senior community restricted to those aged 62 or older. With a mix of one and two bedroom units, households may include single-persons, couples and roommates. The new community is certified as an EarthCraft Community with all the energy efficient features and future reduced costs. Amenities include a fitness center, community room, computer/business center, arts room, resident gardens and an outdoor gazebo with barbeque area. The project was financed with a mix of 9% LIHTC, conventional and HADC loans, and has project-based and rental assistance demonstration (RAD) units.
Phase II of the redevelopment, Mills Creek Crossing, includes a 200-unit family community. The project is being financed with a mix of 4% LIHTC, conventional, HADC, and DCA HOME loans, and will include project-based, rental assistance demonstration (RAD), 60% LIHTC and market units.
Additional phases will include an 80-unit senior community, Retreat at Mills Creek, scheduled to be completed in 2016 as well as private development of approximately 100 units of for-sale single family detached homes and townhomes and the potential for retail. The HADC is also working in partnership with DeKalb County Community Development to include a new Intergenerational Community Center located at the rear of the site.