From a couple weeks back, Connect Savannah published a survey of local green building efforts. Jack C. Star’s “Partly green with a hint of sunshine: Sustainable building techniques are becoming more common locally” includes information on the redevelopment of Fellwood Homes:
One of the most ambitious local projects, Sustainable Fellwood, seeks to achieve a housing development that is both affordable AND sustainable. It brings together some of the local leaders in sustainable development.
According to architect Forrest Lott of Lott+Barber, Fellwood Homes began as a Housing Authority development, operated and maintained as low income housing in a series of stucco over block duplexes. All the buildings were razed and the approximately 25-acre parcel just south of West Bay Street represents an opportunity, and a challenge.
“We really want to do this,”says Lott.”If there ever was an opportunity to try something different economically and environmentally, this is it. It’s a good test for better environmental design.”
Here’s more from the Housing Authority of Savannah Web site:
The Housing Authority of Savannah has selected a local development team as the Master Developer for the redevelopment of the Fellwood Homes and Fellwood Annex site. The Sustainable Fellwood Team, led by Melaver, Inc., is looking to make their mark on west Savannah. Like the Housing Authority’s eastside HOPE VI program which built Ashley Midtown and is revitalizing the Benjamin Van Clark Park neighborhood, the Fellwood site will include affordable apartment homes, senior living, market-rate rentals, homeownership and a retail component.
“This is a group of visionaries. It’s a wonderful opportunity to work with local people,” explains Richard W. Collins, Executive Director. “The project will use a combination of tax credits and local funds. It’s a mixed finance redevelopment like HOPE VI.
The Team believes in “sustainability,”which Melaver, Inc. defines as “having a profound, positive impact on the communities in which we live and a notable lack of impact on the environments in which those communities exist.” The Sustainable Fellwood Team plans to incorporate green design concepts such as those employed in Melaver’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified Abercorn Common Shopping Center.
A community meeting was held on February 5 to provide neighbors with the opportunity for input.