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Greenville's Homes Urban announces Athens mixed-use development

Homes Urban, LLC is excited to announce that it will begin construction of a mixed-use project at 100 Prince Avenue in Athens, Ga. They are working with architecture firm, McMillan Pazdan Smith, civil engineering firm, Smith Planning and general contractors, Trehel Corporation to bring this project to life. 

The project site was formerly known as St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and will be redeveloped to include 110 Class A apartments, a 10,000 square foot grocery and 17,000 square feet of additional retail and commercial space. The original St. Joseph’s chapel constructed in 1911 will be preserved and re-purposed as a restaurant.

The company has worked to acquire the 6.7-acre property from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for over 7 years after the church made the decision to relocate. The site is adjacent to downtown Athens and will provide an iconic destination for upscale townhomes and apartments, a walkable neighborhood village and Athens’ first urban-scale grocery store.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work on such an iconic project in this special town,” said Russ Davis, principal of Homes Urban. “100 Prince will provide a much needed urban grocery to residents living in or near downtown as well as new upscale apartments for permanent urban residents. We look forward to making the idea of this project a reality.”

Over the past 10 years, few apartments for permanent households have been developed in metro Athens. Instead, most post-recession supply has been in the form of purpose-built student apartments.

Homes Urban, LLC, located in Greenville, S.C., was founded in 2013 by J. Russ Davis, Jr. and E.J. Mondor. Homes Urban acquires and develops high-barrier, primarily in-fill multifamily housing and mixed-use projects in markets throughout the Southeast.