Scottish Rite Hospital
Historic rehab to mixed-use/commercial
By the time PRI won the RFP issued by the City of Decatur to purchase and renovate the dilapidated former hospital, the historic Scottish Rite had fallen into grave disrepair. Designed and built by the celebrated Atlanta architect Neel Reid in 1920, its rehabilitation was led by PRI, with Smith-Dalia Architects and Gay Construction. This three-building, 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. In addition, in the rear of the property, PRI developed twenty residential rental units for the physically disabled in partnership with the renowned Shepherd Spinal Center. Today, the Scottish Rite is a mixed-use gem, serving the community, tenants and residents for almost 20 years.
East Lake Commons
As treasurer of the board of the nonprofit that developed East Lake Commons, Bruce worked closely with developer Jack Morse to create this innovative, sustainable housing project in Decatur. Located near the 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.