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2008AR-056 Camellia Lane

Office of Affordable Housing (OAH)



Washington County

Georgia (rural)


Camellia Lane is a 52 unit senior project to be located in the City of Sandersville, Washington County, Georgia.  The proposed developer is Tower Sandersville Development, LLC. There are currently no affordable (non-subsidized) senior rental units within this rural Georgia neighborhood.  The Camellia Lane development has been redesigned to incorporate a high level of energy efficiency components with the goal of significantly improving the long term viability of the deal in accordance with the objectives of the recovery legislation.  Some of these components include geothermal heating and cooling for all units and the community center, photovoltaic solar components on the rooftop to provide community level power for site lights, corridors and the community building, increased insulation in the walls and attic, insulated under floors, true compact fluorescent fixtures throughout the project;  fully automated, and an IP addressable photovoltaic sensor system that automatically dims or brightens "community level" (corridor lighting, community center, etc.) lights to achieve a preset lumen level.  These energy efficient changes are expected to reduce electricity consumption costs at the community level 50-60% from the baseline.  Tenant utility expenses will be reduced to 60% of current utility allowances.  The energy efficient design is the result of a pilot collaboration between the Georgia Housing Finance Authority and Southern Polytechnic University in Atlanta.  The project is projected to preserve 155 jobs including 128 jobs at the construction/site level.

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