North Downtown Athens

Planning Study

Planning Study

The North Downtown Athens Project consists of the 12-acre site currently known as Bethel Midtown Village at 105 and 155 Hickman Drive, Athens Housing Authority property known as College and Hoyt and some adjacent parcels. The project is set to include a mixture of housing types, land uses, and density as part of a mixed-use/mixed income development. The redevelopment of the property will be funded, in part, with 2020 SPLOST funding through Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (ACCGov). To achieve the success and cohesiveness of the project, it will need to be built in several phases. The first step in this process is to develop a Master Plan for the site in collaboration with the community. This Master Plan will inform – at a minimum – zoning, subdivision guidelines, land uses, densities, street layout, building massing and demolition/construction phasing concepts. Such Master Plan will go before ACCGov for formal adoption when complete.

Master Planning Goals and Considerations
  • Provide a range of affordable, public, or workforce housing and market rate housing options

  • Limit the displacement of existing residents

  • Consider multi-family and single-family developments or redevelopments

  • Consider commercial and retail

  • Increase density across the site

  • Listen to community to identify needs and goals

Study Area

The Study Area is generally bounded by W. Dougherty Street to the south, Hull Street to the West and College Ave to the East with the northern edge being College & Hoyt property. In October 2019, the ACC Commission voted to approve a partnership with Athens Housing Authority for the purchase and ultimate redevelopment of the Bethel Midtown Village Apartments, a 190-unit multifamily apartment complex located in the subject area. In November 2019, voters of Athens-Clarke County approved SPLOST 2020 which approved this North Athens Downtown Development Project as the Affordable Housing Project to be redeveloped using $39 million of SPLOST funding. This may take the form of direct expenditures by ACCGov in public infrastructure such as streets, curbing, sidewalks, lighting, utilities, public parking facilities, parks, recreation facilities, and other public facilities as outlined in the SPLOST 2020 page here.

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