Source: Holly Beilin, Hypepotamus
The Guild, a co-living organization that focuses on social entrepreneurs and change makers, is opening a new mixed use space in downtown Atlanta. In the heart of the historic Sweet Auburn district, a neighborhood which played home to some of Atlanta’s most important civil rights moments, will be a building for apartment rental, entrepreneurship programming, and community collaboration.
“This neighborhood has a history of change-making,” says Nikishka Iyengar, founder and CEO of The Guild. “Our goal is to be part of strengthening the ecosystem of the neighborhood.”
The Guild was the first co-living organization in Atlanta, opening its first location in 2016 in East Lake Commons. Co-living, the practice of packaging communal housing with amenities and community, is growing increasingly common in large cities, particularly with early-stage entrepreneurs.
The Guild intends to capitalize on that trend, maintaining their first house while opening up room for more social entrepreneurs to gain access to programming and amenities in the new space. They’ll continue to look for opportunities to grow their footprint across Atlanta.
The Sweet Auburn building, named Awethu House after an anti-apartheid rallying cry that translates to “Power to the People”, will have seven rooms. Two of the rooms will be dedicated to moderate-income members at a slightly lower cost than market rent, while two will be rented out on airbnb. Visiting guest speakers and impact investors can also stay in those open rooms.
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