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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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.
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