Robert Hitch Village Redevelopment
The cornerstone of the Choice Neighborhoods Initative Transformation Plan for the East Savannah Gateway is the redevelopment of Robert Hitch Village. The property, which was demolished in 2010, sits adjacent to Fred Wessels Homes, with frontage to E. President Street (the northern boundary of the East Savannah Gateway).The redevelopment of the site as a mixed-income, mixed-finance community will include more than 600 homes, creating a vibrant neighborhood that will transform not only the targeted public housing units, but the surrounding Wheaton Street Corridor. Although the units have been demolished, this site presents substantial development challenges, since more than half of the site is located in a 100-year flood plain. Discussion of options to ameliorate this issue are ongoing with key planning partners.
The Master Developer of the Hitch property is The Hunt Group and The Communities Group (TCG) will continue working with the community and the CNI partners to refine plans for this site—which needs to integrate closely with neighboring developments (Fred Wessels Homes, President Square, and the Wheaton Street Corridor).
HITCH MASTER DEVELOPMENT TEAM
Hunt Companies, Inc. is a real estate company dedicated to building values through development, investment, and management. Hunt is focused in the core areas of public private partnership, military housing, community development, real asset investment management and multifamily housing. Founded in 1947, Hunt is headquartered in El Paso, Texas, with 1,100 employees in regional offices throughout North America and Europe. Together, Hunt and its affiliates have more than $13 billion in assets under management, including 144,583 multi-family housing units and 8.3 million square feet of office, retail and industrial properties. Hunt has also developed 89,000 housing units, over 1 million square feet of commercial space and thousands of acres of land. Development project costs have totaled more than $6.3 billion with more than $8.2 billion in construction costs. Visit www.huntcompanies.com to learn more about Hunt, its heritage and commitment to values that build.
The Communities Group (TCG), established in 1984, is a professional consulting firm specializing in the provision of housing and urban development-related training and technical assistance services. TCG works both in the United States and overseas in developing countries-bringing its domestic experience to developing countries, and vice-versa. TCG is unique in the field of affordable housing because it actively engages on all levels—from financial resource identification, sourcing, and mobilization, to master planning, undertaking redevelopment projects on the ground, and policy formation with HUD Washington, D.C. TCG has led the planning and implementation of 15 HOPE VI redevelopment efforts, and has assisted eleven public housing authorities receive a Choice Neighborhoods Planning grant.