Atlanta’s Academy Lofts Earns Loftiest Historic Preservation Honor
Academy Lofts in Atlanta’s Adair Park neighborhood has received the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s Marguerite Williams Award, presented annually to the project that has had the greatest impact on preservation in the state.
Academy Lofts was recognized for its outstanding and impactful transformation from a vacant, deteriorated school building into a rehabilitated apartment building that provides the community with much-needed housing at below market rates.
Constructed in 1912 as the George W. Adair Elementary School, the building now features a mix of affordable housing and market-rate apartment units, a coffee shop/restaurant and event venue and nonprofit office space.
A creative combination of tax credits and grants was used to make the project a reality, and the building is now poised to resume its role as a center of community activity.
Lisa McDuffie arrives at ConnectCRE via REALTOR® world, where she served for nearly two decades as communications director for one of the nation’s largest REALTOR® organizations. She supported two membership-elected presidents who were commercial real estate practitioners, and managed the communications initiatives of the organization’s commercial special interest group.
When not following the latest commercial real estate news, Lisa is zeroed in on her charismatic off-the-track thoroughbred as she makes the transition from an utterly failed racehorse to a lovely show hunter.