Demolition is underway in the northwestern most section of the historic Morris Brown College campus. The former Jordan Hall, which sits at the corner of MLK Drive and Maple St and was once home to the College’s gymnasium, is being transformed into the new $20 million home of the YMCA of Metro Atlanta.
Last year, the YMCA purchased the property from the City of Atlanta. Morris Brown sold off much of its assets to satisfy a multi-million dollar debt and Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Once completed, the building will also house the Leadership and Learning Center which will offer early learning opportunities to about 70 Vine City youth.
The building is being only partially demolished after residents, community leaders, and curators of black culture pushed for the preservation of the historic structure. It began as the Edmund Asa Ware Elementary School, one of the first schools in the city to educate African-American students.
The YMCA hopes to move into its new building by the summer of 2018.