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Atlanta Street celebration set for Saturday
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Civic leaders in Gainesville’s African-American community are inviting residents to share their memories of life along Atlanta Street at 11 a.m. Saturday during a block party commemoration of the public housing complex before it is demolished next month.

Atlanta Street celebration

What: Commemoration of Green Hunter Homes public housing complex before demolition begins

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: 240 Atlanta St., Gainesville (parking lot and field behind the community center)

Civic leaders in Gainesville’s African-American community are inviting residents to share their memories of life along Atlanta Street at 11 a.m. Saturday during a block party commemoration of the public housing complex before it is demolished next month.

Built in the early 1950s, the Green Hunter Homes were long a point of pride for the local black community.

Before drugs and violent crime became the prevailing exports of the complex, it was common for lawyers, doctors and educators to rise out of this tight-knit community, and neighbors routinely looked out for another’s best interests.

The complex’s 131 units will be redeveloped into a mixed-use space with both subsidized and market-rate apartments.

The Gainesville Housing Authority has partnered with Walton Communities LLC to redevelop the property with the help of $10 million received through a tax credit program.

Move-in dates for the new complex are likely to come in 2018.

Former residents have either been transferred to other public housing units in the city or received vouchers for subsidized housing elsewhere.

A DJ, food and games for kids will be part of the celebration.

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