Hagar Celebrates Renovation of Nine Affordable Units

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

With a cut of a blue ribbon, the partners involved in completing the Hagar Housing Development celebrated the opening of nine retained and renovated affordable units in the English Avenue Neighborhood.

“I love turning concept into concrete,” said Akilah Ali of Hagar Civilization Missionary, an all-volunteer organization that spearheaded the effort. “We’re working to keep our residents living in Vine City and English Avenue.”

The Hagar Housing Development now has 9 upgraded affordable units for seniors, along with a community space. Other renovations included renovations to the plumbing, HVAC, fixtures, and flooring. All nine units now have modern kitchens, new cabinetry, countertops, appliances, and lighting.

Invest Atlanta provided the project a $500,000 award through the Westside TAD Community Improvement Fund. The total project cost was $2,980,000.

“This is just the beginning and the first of many projects like this on the Westside,” said Invest Atlanta President and CEO Dr. Eloisa Klementich. Dr. Klementich pointed out these nine apartments are part of the 120 affordable units on the Westside currently in the Invest Atlanta project pipeline.

“We want to make a difference and be a partner in any way we can,” she added.

Along with Hagar Civilization Missionary and Invest Atlanta, other partners participating in the ribbon cutting were Councilmember Ivory Lee Young (District 3), Makeda Johnson of the Sisters Action Team, and the Sustainable Design Collaborative of Atlanta. SDCA members volunteered their services to ensure some of the elements of the apartment building were sustainable. Two of the residents, both named George, were also on hand.

“I believe in the dream and the possibilities,” said Johnson. “I want to be sure the assets within our community are fed so they can grow. What you’re looking at today is love, passion, and determination.”

Councilmember Young and others also recognized the contribution of Sister Precious Muhammad, a Westside resident who Young described as a “giant” of the community.

“People driving by this place said, ‘We can do better’; Sister Precious said, ‘We will do better,’” said Young.