Town homes planned for Hibernia Avenue in Decatur

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 21, 2014
Christ Covenant Church, located at 109 Hibernia Ave., will be demolished to make way for 22 town homes. Photo by: Dan Whisenunt

Christ Covenant Church, located at 109 Hibernia Ave., will be demolished to make way for 22 town homes. Photo by: Dan Whisenhunt

A developer is planning a development of 22 town homes at Hibernia Avenue in Decatur, GA.

Full disclosure, I live right around the corner from the property in question, located at 109 Hibernia Ave. The property is formerly the site of Christ Covenant Church, a building that’s been vacant and boarded up for months.

The development has stirred up some residents in the surrounding neighborhoods of Rosewalk and Lenox Place. Some residents of Lenox Place believe the property, located on 1.7 acres, was going to be developed into single family units.

Thrive Homes has submitted a site plan for the property, according to city spokeswoman Casie Yoder. Attempts to reach Thrive Homes for comment were unsuccessful. This afternoon Thrive Homes Chief Operating Officer Kirstin Hobday contacted Decaturish about the project.

She said it’s still too early for the company to go into more detail about its plans.

“We are still very preliminary in our evaluation of that site,” Hobday said. “I would prefer to give you information when we do have something solid to share.”

Christ Covenant Church sold the church property to Oak Grove Homes LLC in October of 2012 for $731,000 property records show. I spoke on the phone with Michael Townsend, one of the partners in Oak Grove. He couldn’t confirm that Thrive Homes is the developer, but did say the property is under contract. He said the purchaser has until March 15 to close.

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  • Chris Billingsley

    Thanks D-ish. Just catching up with several of your past stories that I missed. I was aware of this church building when it was known in the past as one that primarily serving the black community of downtown Decatur. But I was not aware of its more recent mission as Christ Covenant. One of its goals, besides leading sinners (like myself) to Christ was, according to a website, “…Beyond Women and Men: From our vantage-point as a primarily lesbian and gay congregation, we think it’s important to explore issues of gender and gender expression. We realize that social mores, stereotypes and mis-interpretations of scripture have limited the spirituality, creativity, and social acceptance of those who don’t comply to binary gender norms and we want to make a difference. Further, we realize that this is a theological issue as well as a social issue…” What an interesting statement and a great example of the journey many take to find true happiness in the arms of the Savior.
    I mourn the loss of a Decatur church and wish Christ Covenant the best of luck but also hope that the new houses to be built on this site will attract young couples who not only see Decatur as a place for great homes and schools (OK bars and restaurants too), but also outstanding churches. Decatur should always remain, according to the plaque in front of city hall, the “City of Homes, Schools and Churches”.

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