Columbia Residential, a nationally recognized Atlanta-based developer of multifamily affordable housing communities, and the National Church Residences (NCR), a Columbus, Ohio, non-profit leader in senior HUD housing – have worked quietly with the State of Georgia and City of Atlanta throughout 2011 purchased the property. The joint venture closed the purchase on January 5 and will comprehensively redevelop the Imperial into a sustainable, state-of-the-
“The Imperial’s current residents will be allowed to return to the fully renovated building following an extensive 21-month construction project,” said Noel Khalil, Chairman and CEO of Columbia. “In the interim, to ensure their physical and financial safety, residents will enter a carefully supervised and government approved relocation program providing suitable, if not improved, interim housing with subsidized rents in the metro Atlanta area.”
The renovated building is expected to contain 90 fully renovated units, on improved floor plan configurations, fully updated leasing and management offices, resident amenities and spaces for case managers and service providers and onsite security.
The new owners have applied for a complex array of funding to secure a new financial structure, providing a comprehensive replacement/
The joint venture is committed to historic preservation, maintaining the Imperial’s landmark character while updating the interiors and operations to a 21st century standard.
The project has the strong support of the state of Georgia, the city of Atlanta, the Atlanta Housing Authority and private investment to allow for an extensive renovation and sustainable future.
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Columbia Residential is a leading Atlanta-based developer and manager of affordable and mixed-income housing. Noel Khalil founded Columbia in 1991 and remains its chairman and CEO. Jim Grauley joined the company as partner in 2008 and serves as President and COO.
The firm operates over 4,800 affordable and mixed-income housing units in Georgia, in addition to communities in Texas and Louisiana. Columbia has developed and operates over 225 units of special needs housing in Atlanta, including housing for formerly homeless and other families with special needs. Developments include Columbia Tower at MLK Village, which serves 96 special needs residents with extensive on-site services and amenities.
The firm will lead the development and construction aspects of the comprehensive, sustainable redevelopment of the Imperial Hotel, utilizing its experience with complex financing, refurbishment of high-rise buildings, and sustainable, energy-efficient construction.