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The Front Porch development is the first catalytic project on Auburn Avenue in over a decade. Infusing elements of arts & culture, urban agriculture, entrepreneurship for small businesses, and affordable housing, Front Porch includes new ground-up construction at 348 Auburn Avenue and 349 Old Wheat Street and the renovation of two historic retail buildings along Auburn Avenue.


This community-driven development project will help combat social and racial inequity through a master-planned, mixed-use development comprised of over 100,000 square feet of green space, retail, and residential units with opportunities for home ownership and affordable rentals. 


Non-displacement and empowerment of community members are key anchors to this project. The project's name – Front Porch – pays homage to the communal spirit of the district and presents the opportunity for the community to maintain its character and culture.

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Project Impacts

To HDDC, Front Porch is one instance of a promise kept to the community – a more thoughtful, holistic approach to equity-based development that is much needed in the Sweet Auburn corridor. The key project impacts include:

Advancing Racial Equity

The project team is Black-led, and several minority-owned tenants have been identified for commercial spaces. 


Creating Accessible Jobs

The project will create 135 FTEs by reactivating a retail corridor, including 6 pop-up spaces for local entrepreneurs.


Developing Affordable Housing

There will be affordable rental and homeownership units at 80% of AMI.


Promoting Environmental Sustainability

The development will have a sustainability rating and will include a rooftop garden to provide fresh produce to the tenants and the community.


Catalyzing Neighborhood Rebirth

HDDC is leading the implementation of a Sweet Auburn Green & Equitable (SAGE) District to attract investment and mitigate gentrification in the Sweet Auburn corridor. SAGE District will be a coordinated and holistic strategy to guide the desired investment outcomes for our neighborhood. 

Project Details  

  • New construction of 4 larger retail units (13.200 SF) that will support restaurants and more established businesses

  • Renovation of historic Haugabrooks Funeral Home into a 6,800 SF speakeasy and arts space

  • Conversion of 6 existing retail units (4,300 SF) into affordable pop-up spaces for local entrepreneurs


  • 22 units of affordable co-living rental housing arranged into 8 communities with shared kitchen and living areas

  • 23 micro units and studio units (9 affordable) of rental housing.

  • 16 for-sale condos (4 affordable) ranging from 1-3 bedrooms


  • 9,000 SF rooftop event space will have a community garden and room for health classes, networking, and other events

  • The project will be built around two existing buildings, which will remain in third-party ownership


Projected Opening: Q1 2024

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