Savannah nonprofits team up to provide more resources for residents east of downtown

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) – The wheels are turning on a development that aims to revitalize neighborhoods just east of historic Savannah.

Plans for an early learning center, children’s library, training center and adult education center are in the works for an area just off Wheaton Street.

The project is set to span nine acres of land, which is owned by the Housing Authority of Savannah.

And in a few years, people here will begin to see the landscape transform into a resource center, meant to improve the quality of life for everyone around it.

“We’re trying to bring quality education, mixed-income housing, and community health and wellness initiatives to it to really elevate the neighborhood to be a great place to live for people from a variety of backgrounds.” , said East Savannah United. , Inc. Chairman of the Board, Jeff Cole.

East Savannah United, a six-year-old nonprofit, will be joined by Goodwill of Southeast Georgia, YMCA of Coastal Georgia, the Housing Authority of Savannah, Live Oak Public Libraries and the city and county to erect a rehabilitation center form 20,000 square feet. and a community center, 20,000 square foot adult education center and early learning center and library.

All resources, according to Cole and others, are needed in the region.

Newly hired East Savannah United executive director Derek Mallow said: “We need early childhood education, and voters have approved that this SPLOST project be done. East Savannah United needs to be the operator and make sure we select the operator who is going to oversee this. But we can also bring together this consortium of non-profit organizations, like the YMCA, Goodwill and Live Oak Public Libraries and many other partners to provide services and programs to many families and children on this side of town. who really need it.

Cole says it may be a few years before there is any breakthrough on the site.

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