Bowen Choice Neighborhood

Help Us Plan the Reimagined Community

Atlanta Housing (“AH”) is working with the community to write a plan for the former Bowen site, the adjacent Carey Park neighborhood, and a portion of the Donald Lee Hollowell business corridor that is focused on housing, people, and stronger neighborhoods. As this this work is being made possible with the support of a Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, we are referring to these places collectively as the Bowen Choice Neighborhood area during this planning process.

Whether it’s affordable housing, transportation, jobs, small business resources, programs for youth, more parks, or something else, we want to know what matters most and what makes your community what it is! Your participation and vision for housing, people, and the neighborhood will help us write a Transformation Plan that supports resident and stakeholder priorities, builds on our shared strengths, and addresses community needs. The goal is to build a vibrant community that connects with and complements the existing neighborhood and local businesses along Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway.

This website is a platform for you to share with us and for us to provide information with you. We will be updating it with a series of activities, starting with an interactive asset map and community needs survey that can be found below. What you share through these tools will serve as the foundation for the plan.


We hope to hear from you soon!





Help Us Plan the Reimagined Community

Atlanta Housing (“AH”) is working with the community to write a plan for the former Bowen site, the adjacent Carey Park neighborhood, and a portion of the Donald Lee Hollowell business corridor that is focused on housing, people, and stronger neighborhoods. As this this work is being made possible with the support of a Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, we are referring to these places collectively as the Bowen Choice Neighborhood area during this planning process.

Whether it’s affordable housing, transportation, jobs, small business resources, programs for youth, more parks, or something else, we want to know what matters most and what makes your community what it is! Your participation and vision for housing, people, and the neighborhood will help us write a Transformation Plan that supports resident and stakeholder priorities, builds on our shared strengths, and addresses community needs. The goal is to build a vibrant community that connects with and complements the existing neighborhood and local businesses along Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway.

This website is a platform for you to share with us and for us to provide information with you. We will be updating it with a series of activities, starting with an interactive asset map and community needs survey that can be found below. What you share through these tools will serve as the foundation for the plan.


We hope to hear from you soon!





  • Join Us for Our Bowen Choice Neighborhood Community Workshop!

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    Join us in the next phase of planning the former Bowen Homes site and lend your ideas for transforming the neighborhood. We are hosting a multi- day workshop in with many opportunities for your feedback! We'll kick it off with a "Good Urbanism" seminar, hosted by the Georgia Conservancy, to provide educational information about high-quality development and examples in Atlanta. Next, we'll have a three-day design event, where you are welcome to stop in and offer your ideas as we're designing in "real time" and attend the Public Open Houses to see the results of the design work. We can't wait to hear from you!

    Here are the event details:

    Location: Zoom & Springfield Missionary Baptist Church at 1730 Hollywood Road, Atlanta, GA 30318

    To register via Zoom click the meeting title listed below and enter your information. You will be sent a link to the meeting 24 hours before its start time. You can also find the link to each meeting under Key Dates


    * = Public Open House will be hosted both in-person at the address above and online through Zoom. Mask are required for entry onsite.

    We'll also have other ways to provide feedback, including surveys, providing your input on upcoming "Doing While Planning" projects, and sign-ups for a spring 2022 storytelling project. Stay tuned for more details!



  • Bowen Choice Neighborhood: Good Urbanism Seminar Hosted by the Georgia Conservancy

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  • THE RETURN OF A COMMUNITY

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    Thank you to the residents who attended our Return to Community event on October 23, 2021, at the former John Carey School. We had a great time on a beautiful Saturday talking about your ideas for the future, your memories of the past, and learning more about the community. We heard a lot of great ideas, and if you'd like to review the boards we had on display, head over to our Document Library in the right sidebar of the Bowen Choice Neighborhood homepage.



    The Bowen Choice Neighborhoods Return to Community event, held at the former John Carey Elementary School, was an invitation to former Bowen Homes residents and members of the community to learn more about and collaborate on the Transformation Plan being drafted for the revitalization of the former Bowen Homes site, Carey Park neighborhood and a portion of the Donald Lee Hollowell business corridor.


    Attendees were asked to complete a needs assessment survey to capture their priorities for the neighborhood, such as walkability, access to recreational and medical facilities, and entertainment options. In addition to the survey, the community was invited to vote on implementing smaller initiatives, such as the upcoming Fire Station #38 improvements.


    Other featured activities included easy-to-follow exercises presented by CrossFit Midtown, a petting zoo hosted by CHaRM (Center for Hard to Recycle Materials), and yoga painting led by a former Bowen Homes resident. Also, attendees received fresh local produce delivered through Concrete Jungle and handcrafted sandwiches catered by metro-Atlanta catering company, 2 Pieces of Toast.


    The festivities kicked off with a few words from District 9 Councilmember Dustin Hillis, who is a partner with Atlanta Housing on the Bowen Choice initiative. The festivities were followed by a brief speech given by Councilmember Matt Westmoreland, who recognized AH for the "transformative work of the Choice Neighborhood Program on Ashely Scholar's Landing."



    Next, NPU-G Chair Ola Reynolds took to the mic to make a call to action. "I want Bowen to be better than West Highlands," she said, referring to the nearby redevelopment under a HOPE VI grant awarded to AH. She also took time to remind attendees of the impact of their input, “Change is here, and change is going to continue. So, we either get with it, or we're going to be left behind. But everyone has a voice, so put your input in."


    AH’s COO, Terri Lee, followed Ms. Reynolds, praising the AH team for its work on the University Homes Choice Neighborhood initiative, asserting confidence in the lessons learned from the project that would contribute to the betterment of the Bowen Choice Neighborhood initiative. She concluded her speech with a clear message to residents, partners, and the AH staff:


    "It's not just about the housing; it's about people, neighborhoods, and building holistic communities and systems."


    Closing remarks were given by AH’s Deputy Chief Real Estate Officer for Planning and Development, Trish O'Connell, who is currently leading the Bowen Choice initiative, echoing her peers in their praise for the AH team, partners, and participants for their contributions to the enterprise. "I'm grateful to be working with a team that gets the job done, and I'm excited for what's to come."Petting Zoo hosted by CHaRM





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  • Needs Assessment Survey

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    Your voice matters. From affordable housing to transportation, jobs to youth programs and more, your participation in this survey will help us to tailor the Transformation Plan to support resident and stakeholder priorities, and address community needs. Your responses will be anonymous and only used together with the responses of other survey participants for the planning process. If you are an AH-assisted resident, taking the survey will not affect your housing status.

    Click the link below to learn more.

    Take Survey

  • Bowen Homes Annual Reunion - July 24, 2021

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    On July 24, 2021, members of Atlanta Housing's Bowen Choice Neighborhood team were invited to take part in the Bowen Homes Annual Reunion, held at A.D. Williams Park in northwest Atlanta.




Page last updated: 18 January 2022, 09:14