In the News: The Bethel Homes Redevelopment Is About to Start
The Athens Housing Authority and private developer Columbia Residential are getting ready to demolish a portion of Bethel Homes to make way for a public-private affordable housing complex.
Columbia Residential and the AHA briefed Athens-Clarke County commissioners on the demolition at a work session last week. It will be done in phases, starting with the northwestern portion of the property just north of downtown. About 30 residents currently living there will be moved into different apartments onsite or into public housing elsewhere, with all expenses paid by the AHA. Children whose families move will be allowed to stay in their school while work is underway, and all residents will be able to return to the new development while paying the same rent.