Master Developer Selected for Fellwood Redevelopment, Melaver Inc.

January 13, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
Master Developer Selected for Fellwood Redevelopment, Melaver Inc.

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 also includes Parallel Housing., CHSA Development, Inc., Vanguard Environmental & Materials, Inc., Lott + Barber Architects and Michael Singer Studios. They plan to incorporate green design concepts such as those employed in Melaver's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified Abercorn Common Shopping Center.

The Housing Authority will enter into an agreement with the Sustainable Fellwood Team that will allow

contract negotiations to begin later this month.

The Housing Authority of Savannah provides decent, safe and sanitary housing to over 4,000 low-income families and senior citizens through the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) and public housing programs. The Resident Services and the Drug Elimination Programs work to meet the basic needs of residents while also providing educational, cultural and recreational activities.

Sandra Glicken
Public Relations Manager
(912) 235-5800 ext. 108