Active in real estate since the early 1970s, Jerry Miller co-founded Miller-Gallman Developers in 1995, following his passion for restoring historic buildings to strengthen the fabric of the city.
Through use of the historic rehabilitation tax credit, he formulated a conservative but effective financial structure raising equity from small investors. With this unique financial engineering in place, Jerry helped pioneer the rehabilitation of historic urban buildings—eight projects, over 400 loft apartments—worth nearly $70 million.
As Atlanta’s stock of historic buildings waned, Jerry turned his attention to neighborhood-compatible in-fill development, primarily around buildings he had rehabilitated for loft apartments.This was an important trend in development for Atlanta’s revitalization—new lofts created with architectural styles that complement nearby historic buildings. Among those projects are the Glen Iris Lofts and Ponce Springs Lofts at Glen Iris, amounting to more than $50 million in development on previously vacant land. As a testament to his vision, these projects are now at the center of the astounding resurgence in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood in Atlanta.
Miller’s projects have won awards from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Georgia Department of Natural Resources Historic Preservation Division, Athens Clark Heritage Foundation, and the Columbus Historic Foundation.
Prior to forming Miller-Gallman, in the 1980s, Jerry developed over $3 million in complementary in-fill single-family housing, was a development consultant on the Olympic Neighborhood Implementation Strategy and, in partnership with Dutch interests, acquired and managed the $20 million historic rehabilitation of the Healey Building in downtown Atlanta.
Miller is an avid cyclist and advocate for more pedestrian- and cycling-friendly streets in Atlanta. He is a past board member of Atlanta Habitat for Humanity and the Decatur Family YMCA, where you might find him at 5:10 a.m. on weekday mornings. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and has participated in Technical Advisory Panels and in Urban Plan. Jerry is a member of Central Presbyterian Church.