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October 29, 2018

Atlanta Team Assists City of Refuge Secure Land for Housing

City of Refuge Founder and President Bruce Deel, left, with Atlanta partner Andy Litvak at the groundbreaking.  

Partner Andy Litvak and paralegal Cindy Higgins, working closely with the Chick-fil-A Foundation, recently assisted pro bono client City of Refuge secure land for an apartment community in an area with an “extremely critical housing need.”

North American Properties (NAP) has announced plans to build an apartment community to serve as a larger residential component of nonprofit City of Refuge, which strives to improve the lives of Westside Atlanta residents through a variety of vocational training programs, healthcare, childcare, and other initiatives. It was founded in 1997 as a safe haven for women and children transitioning out of homelessness.

As part of the massive community revitalization effort in an area known as “the toughest neighborhood in Atlanta,” Litvak and some 23 Nelson Mullins attorneys and paralegals have provided assistance for more than three years in the areas of real estate, tax, nonprofit, property and contracts, title and title insurance, and formation of new corporate entities among other legal needs. 

Geared to serve the local community and students in City of Refuge programs, the NAP project will offer 47 apartments among roughly 60,000 square feet. Apartments will have two or three bedrooms and range between 932 and 1,153 square feet. 

Most of the units will be occupied by students at the organization’s newly opened Workforce Innovation Hub. This year alone, City of Refuge expects to place 400 graduates of various vocation training programs in permanent jobs.

“City of Refuge is an outstanding organization that offers individuals a second chance at life and provides a safe haven for those in need,” said NAP managing partner Mark Toro, a City of Refuge board member, in a press release. “[We’re] eager to be a part of this unique housing project that will contribute to the restoration of the Westside.”

NAP expects to deliver the apartments next summer.

Established in 1897, Nelson Mullins has more than 750 attorneys and government relations professionals with offices in 11 states and Washington, DC. For more information on the firm, go to www.nelsonmullins.com.

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