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SAVANNAH, Ga. - GeorgiaChron -- Unique partnership with Live Oak Landing developer W.H.Gross Construction may become model for other communities.

(SAVANNAH, GA) After three years of planning and development, a unique project is revitalizing areas of Eastside Savannah, with a goal of transforming one of the most neglected areas of the city into a desirable neighborhood with 100% occupancy.

Healthy Savannah has been awarded a $50,000 grant made possible by tax credits from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs to increase housing, education, healthy food and community wellness resource access in the area surrounding a new senior community, Live Oak Landing, in conjunction with the East Savannah Health + Wellness Community Transformation Plan.

Live Oak Landing is at the heart of the Wheaton Street (East Savannah) transformation initiative, but it is also part of a much larger tapestry of projects that are knit together through the vision, voices, collaboration and funding of a complicated network of public, private and nonprofit organizations.

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The grant is a significant milestone of a partnership formed in 2017 between Healthy Savannah and Live Oak Landing's developer, W.H. Gross Construction. The affordable housing development for seniors repurposed an old junkyard on Wheaton St. and opened the first phase of 70 apartments in December. Because of the DCA tax credits, the company committed $50,000 to the Transformation Plan. Those funds were awarded in January.

Now ticking into the fourth year of the five-year plan, the neighborhood transformation is well underway. Phase I of the senior community, located next to the newly constructed A.B. Williams Elementary School, is fully occupied and Phase II is under construction, with 850 applicants on the waiting list.

Moreover, the public-private partnership is supporting a larger effort of transforming health, wellness, living conditions and safe streets. It may also become a model for similar programs across the state of Georgia.

Healthy Savannah is also leveraging funding for improvements to this area from its five-year, $3.4 million Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant, awarded to Healthy Savannah and the YMCA of Coastal Georgia by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2018.

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The goal for East Savannah's revitalization is similar to other projects Healthy Savannah supports, all based on the premise that communities can thrive if they are engaged and included. But Kreissler says the East Savannah plan calls on a specific network of partners and funding to address defined pathways to economic opportunities, quality schools and early learning, quality healthcare, healthy foods, sustainable affordable housing, easily accessed public transportation, quality recreation and open spaces with safe and environmentally clean neighborhoods.

For more information about the East Savannah Health + Wellness Community Transformation Plan, visit https://healthysavannah.org/east-savannah-community-transformation-plan/

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