Capital Improvement Program

Project: Savannah Gardens Project No: PD0400 Status: Design/Pre-Construction Category: Community Development Improvements
Location: Crescent to Gwinnett and Long Ave Start Year: 2007 End Year: 2019
Council District: 3 Project Manager: Martin Fretty MFretty@Savannahga.Gov
Scope: Design and installation of public infrastructure as part of the demolition and revitalization of the former 44 acre, 380 unit, dilapidated Strathmore Estates Apartment site. Infrastructure improvements include new storm sewers, sanitary sewers, water supply lines, streets, sidewalks, lighting, squares, parks, playgrounds and a splash fountain for summer recreation. The project employs new urbanism, green, pedestrian friendly, traffic calming and neo-traditional design principals.
Comments: 6/28/2019 2:32:58 PM:
The Plat for the final multi-family phase of Savannah Gardens has been approved and recorded. The public infrastructure design for this phase is being finalized. Construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2019 and be complete by the middle of 2020.

4/5/2019 8:58:21 AM:
Tax credits have been awarded to Mercy Housing by DCA allowing for the housing and COS infrastructure portion of the project to move forward. A new plat was submitted for approval in March. Thomas & Hutton are working to finalize construction plans. Public infrastructure construction is expected to begin in the 3rd quarter of 2019 and be complete by the end of the 2nd quarter of 2020.

12/31/2018 12:17:02 PM:
Mercy Housing was invited to re-submit its 2018 tax credit application on January 4, 2019 in a special round of tax credit awards for non-profit Community Housing Development Organizations. Awards are expected to be announced in 1st Quarter 2019. Final revisions to plans for Phase-III infrastructure are awaiting approval of the tax credit application. Thomas & Hutton has amended the City's brick plaza plan to include 6 deciduous trees/planters to provide shade to the plaza east of Pennsylvania Avenue. Installation of new trees will take place at same time as Phase-III infrastructure in 2019.

11/9/2018 10:22:20 AM:
No New Update. Mercy Housing submitted its affordable housing tax credit application at the end of May. Tax credit awards are expected to be announced by the State of Georgia Department of Community Affairs in November 2018. If Mercy is awarded tax credits, Thomas & Hutton will finalize public infrastructure plans and the City will expect to release a request for proposals and hire an infrastructure contractor by the end of March 2019. Construction of Phase-III would begin in the middle of 2019 and be complete by the end of 2019.

6/22/2018 4:11:13 PM:
Mercy Housing submitted its affordable housing tax credit application at the end of May. Tax credit awards are expected to be announced by the State of Georgia Department of Community Affairs in November 2018. If Mercy is awarded tax credits, Thomas & Hutton will finalize public infrastructure plans and the City will expect to release a request for proposals and hire an infrastructure contractor by the end of March 2019. Construction of the public improvements would begin in the middle of 2019 and be complete by the end of 2019.

6/12/2018 11:20:28 AM:
Savannah Gardens CIP improvements, which began in 2009 and have been completed in phases, are about 85% complete and are already serving 500 new dwellings. The final phase of CIP improvements is expected to begin in the middle of 2019 and be complete by the middle of 2020 and is expected to serve 100 new dwelling. The Housing & Neighborhood Services Department has been working with CHSA Development Inc., Mercy Housing and Thomas & Hutton to modify the conceptual site plan. As a result, we anticipate that the gap in public infrastructure funding will be significantly reduced. The Planned Unit Development (PUD) is in the process of being modified to reflect conceptual design changes and Mercy anticipates submitting a tax credit housing application in May. If all goes forward as planned, infrastructure should be complete by the end of 2020.

6/12/2018 11:20:28 AM:
Savannah Gardens CIP improvements, which began in 2009 and have been completed in phases, are about 85% complete and are already serving 500 new dwellings. The final phase of CIP improvements is expected to begin in the middle of 2019 and be complete by the middle of 2020 and is expected to serve 100 new dwelling. The Housing & Neighborhood Services Department has been working with CHSA Development Inc., Mercy Housing and Thomas & Hutton to modify the conceptual site plan. As a result, we anticipate that the gap in public infrastructure funding will be significantly reduced. The Planned Unit Development (PUD) is in the process of being modified to reflect conceptual design changes and Mercy anticipates submitting a tax credit housing application in May. If all goes forward as planned, infrastructure should be complete by the end of 2020.

12/28/2017 4:59:16 PM:
Continuing discussions with Mercy Housing & CHSA about the possibility of having one or both finance the funding gap to complete the last phase of public infrastructure and green space. Approximately 87% of originally planned housing complete with 98% occupancy. Approximately 89% of original budget spent on infrastructure and green space improvements benefitting Savannah Gardens and adjoining neighborhoods. If funding gap resolved and if tax credits awarded for final phase of project in 2018, infrastructure should be complete by end of 2020 at the latest.

11/13/2017 4:38:21 PM:
Thomas & Hutton new cost estimate to complete public infrastructure $2,029,535. Funding gap of $674,000. Talking with Mercy Housing about developing 6th phase of tax credit housing and with CHSA about possibility of them funding the gap and deeding ROWs to COS after improvements.

6/21/2017 2:50:13 PM:
Investigating changes to conceptual site plan that may lead to reduction in infrastructure (CIP) costs necessary to complete project.

3/31/2017 12:08:38 PM:
Need about $800,000 additional funds to complete Phase-3 Infrastructure

Last Project Update: 6/28/2019 2:32:58 PM
Fund(s): SPLOST V (2008-2014) | Discounts | Miscellaneous | Contrbtn Frm Generl Fnd | Contrbn Frm Prop Acq Fn | SPLOST Open Space | SPLOST IV (2003-08) | W&S R&R Fun
Project Financial Data Last Updated On: 7/26/2019 3:39:55 PM
Appropriated Budget To Date: Expenditures To Date: Open Purchase Orders: Project Balance:
$13,215,795.40 $11,741,305.09 $27,434.98 $1,447,055.33


12/28/2017 4:59:16 PM