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Atlanta Street public housing demolished
The Northeast Georgia Medical Center is now visible in the distance from Chestnut Street Thursday afternoon now that the Green Hunter Homes are leveled.

The Green Hunter Homes, a 131-unit public housing complex built in the 1950s on Atlanta Street in Gainesville, have been demolished.

The complex had to come down because it would cost more to renovate than redevelop, Beth Brown, executive director of the Gainesville Housing Authority, has said. The remainder of the demolition project, including debris cleanup, should be completed in the next two weeks, Brown said.

The Housing Authority has partnered with Walton Communities LLC to bring $10 million in cash to the redevelopment project through a tax credit program. The plans call for construction of 252 new public, affordable and market-rate units over three phases.

Grading and site work will start once the debris is removed, and a groundbreaking ceremony for the new units is planned for late February, Brown said. Move-in dates are expected to come in 2018.

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