Historic rehab to mixed-use/commercial
By the time PRI was successful with the RFP issued by the City of Decatur in 1998 to purchase and renovate the dilapidated former hospital, the Historic Scottish Rite had fallen into grave disrepair. Designed and built by the noted Atlanta architect Neel Reid in 1920, its rehabilitation by Smith-Dalia architects and Gay Construction into a mixed-use commercial facility—complete with office space, an art gallery, community center, and restaurant—sparked the resurgence of the Oakhurst neighborhood into one of the metro area’s most desirable places to live since its opening in 2001. Today, the Scottish Rite is a mixed-use gem, serving the community and tenants for almost 20 years.
East Lake Commons
As treasurer of the board of the nonprofit that developed East Lake Commons, Bruce worked closely with Jack Morse, the developer, to create this innovative, sustainable housing project in Decatur. Located near the famed Villages of East Lake, the project hewed faithfully to the creative site plan by Greg Ramsey and architecture by Pimsler-Hoss. The project was designed to foster community and preserve the environment while delivering affordable for-sale houses. The result is an award winning, 60-unit townhouse village with a vibrant community building, parking on the perimeter, and a five-acre community supported farm.