Affordable Housing Best Practices

[Photo 1: Antioch Manor Estates]

Project Name: Antioch Manor Estates

With a strong focus on community interaction and service delivery, the 32-acre campus is a master-planned community for seniors. The developer's goal is to create an unbundled continuum of care to enable DeKalb residents to gracefully age in place. The development features walking trails with a beautifully landscaped grounds and park. The extensive onsite amenities are complemented by adjacent and near-site resources, an adjacent residential community, and convenient shopping. It is important to note that this development is directly across the street from our NSP3 focused neighborhood.

The Antioch vision includes multiple Phases: Phase I (completed in 2005) –, and Phase III (currently under construction) - Antioch Villas and Gardens. The design characteristics of the senior campus include a gated entrance, divided roadway, 10-12 acres of green space along Snapfinger Creek as part of the overall community plan. Sidewalks and extensive landscaping will connect all four phases. Vegetable and flower gardens will be provided for the residents.

Amenities include recreational areas, beauty salon, barber shop, lounges with juice bars, audio video center (for movie nights), library with computer stations, spa, wellness center, meditation rooms, arts and crafts, card, billiards and game rooms, and laundry facilities.

Phase I is a three-story independent living facility offering safe, secure housing for the elderly in a residential community setting, facilitating delivery of a range of programs and services for seniors. This initial phase of the continuum of care development serving the elderly is located at 4711 Bishop Ming Blvd. (formerly 1861 South Hairston Rd), Stone Mountain, Georgia, 30088, DeKalb County. Phase I was completed in 2005, and features independent senior living, consisting of 120 units ranging from studio to two and three bedrooms. All units have a full kitchen, living/dining area, one to two baths with a deck or patio. Phase I has consistently remained 97% to 100% occupied with a waiting list of over 200 qualified prospective residents.


[Photo 2: Antioch Manor Estates]

Antioch Villas and Gardens (Phase III) is currently under construction. With 16 HOME units at 50% AMI, 74 units at 60% AMI and 16 market rate units, the development will consist of 106, senior, mixed income units upon completion. Located on approximately 15 acres of land, the development will consist of 10 total buildings divided into two distinct unit types. Antioch Gardens, designed for the most frail, elderly renters will contain 60 units within one three-story mid-rise building. Antioch Villas, targeting younger senior households will include 46 total units in nine single-story plex-style buildings Apartments offered at the development will include efficiency, one, and two bedroom floor plans. The Antioch Garden building will contain a supportive housing facility, designed for the delivery of third-party home health services.

Funding Source:
Phase I, a $13 million project, was financed through a combination of Low Income Housing Tax Credit, Conventional Debt, and a HOME loan provided by DeKalb County in the amount of $880,000.

Antioch Villas and Gardens, a $15 million project, was funded through a combination of Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Conventional Debt, and a HOME Loan provided to the Antioch A.M.E. CDC in the amount of $900,000. 

Justification for Best Practice:
Antioch Manor Estates is demonstrating best practices by developing quality, senior housing that embodies lifelong living principles. The development provide a community atmosphere, convenient services and amenities, and highly qualified management and development resources. The development features an excellent application of the principles of Lifelong Communities with a focus on a continuum of care, promotion of active healthy lifestyles, location in the midst of a vibrant community, an abundance of onsite amenities, proximity to key amenities and resources to support not just the residents but to accommodate their families and varied lifestyles as well.

Impact on Area or Beneficiaries:
The impact on the area is profound. The development maintains a waiting list of over 200 prospective residents. In addition to providing a highly progressive continuum of care, the Antioch Manor Estates project has produced jobs in the area. The development will serve as a model for future communities. DeKalb County Community Development Department highly recommends this project as a model of best practices.


Content Archived: December 27, 2013