Founder/Chief Executive Officer
James (Jim) Cheeks is a visionary leader in the housing industry, with a deep commitment to creating affordable, sustainable and innovative housing solutions for communities. With over two decades of experience building homes in Intown Atlanta, Jim has made a significant contribution to the development of well-planned and dense neighborhoods that provide people with the opportunity to afford a great place to live.
Jim strongly believes that intentional design and building on a human scale, rather than an automotive one, is critical to addressing the major challenges facing cities related to affordable housing. He is a staunch advocate for innovative housing choices that offer people access to safe, comfortable, and affordable homes.
As a key member of Fortas Homes, Jim is leading the charge in developing creative and sustainable housing solutions for communities across Atlanta. He and his team are committed to designing and building homes that are not only beautiful and functional but also meet the needs of the communities they serve.
With a track record of nearly 20 years of building homes in Intown Atlanta, Jim has established himself as a leader in the housing industry, and a champion of affordable housing. He is a visionary leader with a deep understanding of the unique challenges facing cities, and a commitment to finding innovative and sustainable solutions to these challenges. Through his work at Fortas Homes, Jim is helping to shape the future of affordable housing, one community at a time.
Fortas Homes is a premier homebuilder and developer based in Atlanta, Georgia. Established in 2006, Fortas has been building high-quality single-family, detached, and attached homes in the city for over two decades. With a deep understanding of the amenities that make intown communities desirable, Fortas has focused on developing infill homes and small developments in neighborhoods close to downtown Atlanta, including Summerhill, Mechanicsville, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, Glenwood Park, and Grant Park.
Fortas is committed to engaging with the community in which it builds homes and incorporating neighborhood feedback into its design process. By integrating thoughtful design elements like period-style architecture, wide and deep front porches, and low-maintenance front yards and alley access wherever possible, Fortas knits new infill housing seamlessly into existing neighborhoods.
One of Fortas's core goals is to provide affordable single-family housing to the community, which is often challenging to develop and build. To meet this goal, homes are designed for minimal maintenance and low operating costs. Fortas also actively supports the development and use of accessory dwelling units (ADUs), providing legal and rentable units owned by primary unit purchasers. This approach enables both market-rate and subsidized purchasers to offset mortgage and operating costs while doubling the availability of affordable housing in the area.
Fortas Homes is committed to building homes that not only meet the highest standards of quality and design but also contribute to the long-term vitality and sustainability of the communities in which they are located.