Construction Starts on Sustainable Fellwood—A Totally Sustainable Affordable Housing Project in Savannah, Georgia

photo: Sustainable Fellwood

The $50 million mixed-use, mixed-income redevelopment project sits on 27 acres in Savannah on the site of the state's first public housing project, and it serves as a principal component of the City of Savannah's Westside Development Revitalization Plan. What's makes this development one of the greenest of its kind?Sustainable Fellwood recently broke ground in Savannah, Ga., with a target date of April 2009 for completion of Phase I of the project. The project includes 110 affordable housing units and five single family homes.

Sustainable Fellwood Tenants
Forty percent of the units are constructed for those low-income residents who qualify for public housing, with another 40 percent reserved for families who make up to $34,560 per year. The remaining 20 percent of the residents will pay market rate.

Phase 2 of Sustainable Fellwood
In the next phase of the project, construction is planned for 110 affordable housing units, a senior housing apartment building, and single family homes, followed by potential retail, medical, and technical space. Amenities will include a clubhouse, an organic community garden, and significant common green space.

Sustainable Fellwood LEED Certification
Sustainable Fellwood will be built in accordance with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. The project is registered in the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Neighborhood Development pilot program, and will be guided by the Smart Growth Network's principles for diverse, walk-able, distinctive, attractive communities.

Goals of Sustainable Fellwood and other LEED Neighborhood Development projects:

Reduce Urban Sprawl by locations that are closer to existing town and city centers, areas with good transit access, and previously developed sites adjacent to existing development.

• Encourage healthy living emphasizing the creation of compact, walkable, vibrant, mixed-use neighborhoods with good connections to nearby communities.

• Protect threatened species. Fragmentation and loss of habitat are major threats to many imperiled species.

Learn more about LEED:
An All Green Abode
Becoming a LEED Accredited Professional