Monthly Archives: July 2007

Connect Savannah on green buildings

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.

Too late for the calendar: Town hall meeting tonight

A meeting at 7 p.m. tonight in the Savannah the Civic Center Ballroom will include discussion of historic preservation. The Historic Savannah Foundation is encouraging its members to “attend and advocate for our historic downtown and the outlying residential historic neighborhoods.”

In particular, the HSF is concerned about:

1. Incompatible large scale development in downtown Savannah
2. Better enforcement of historic board of review decisions
3. Converting East Broad and Price street to two-way streets (this would increase livability along Price and East Broad by slowing traffic and encouraging a more pedestrian friendly environment)

More information on the meeting can be found on the City of Savannah Web site. If you can’t make the meeting, you could try making your views known via the “Talk Back Savannah” feature.

New York Times on Effingham County growth

When New Building Dries Up Resoruces,” a story in today’s New York Times, describes how sprawl in Effingham County impacts the area’s water supply. An excerpt:

Ken Lee, Rincon’s mayor, said that the city, which was “now trying to play catch-up to solve the problems,” had no plans to cut back on either residential or commercial growth because of the water problems.