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Pennrose Breaks Ground on Phase I of Warner Robins Master Plan Development in Georgia
November 8, 2018
Pennrose celebrated the groundbreaking of the first phase of the Warner Robins Master Plan redevelopment, which will include 90 mixed income and veteran housing apartment units in Warner Robins, Georgia. The multiphase project will eventually include two 90-unit apartment complexes, a commercial area and townhomes located between the VECTR Center and Memorial Park on Armed Forces Boulevard, across from Robins Air Force Base.
Speakers at the event included Daron Lee, Mayor pro tempore, Sonya Jenkins, Chairwoman of the Development Authority, Tim Thomas, Board Member and Council Liaison for the Development Authority of the City of Warner Robins, Mark Straub, Regional Vice President, Pennrose, LLC, and Amon Martin, Senior Developer, Pennrose, LLC.
In partnership with the City of Warner Robins and the Warner Robins Development Authority, phase I will include one-, two-, and three-bedroom affordable units at 50 to 60 percent of the area median income (AMI), with 31 units set as unrestricted market-rate. As part of a collaboration with the adjacent Georgia Veterans Education Career Transition Resource Center (VECTR), five of the units will be set aside for active duty military personnel and veterans as they partake in the center’s programs designed to assist with transitions into colleges, technical education, and the civilian workforce.
“The Warner Robins development is providing an economic investment of high-quality affordable housing that will benefit the area residents for decades to come,” said Amon Martin, Senior Developer at Pennrose. “We’re grateful to work collaboratively with the City, the development authority and community partners like VECTR on a comprehensive initiative to improve lives through quality housing and economic development.”
Pennrose and the City of Warner Robins have participated in a Community Transformation Plan (CTP) for the neighborhood surrounding the development, which will help coordinate local services and resources to increase access to education, job training, housing, healthcare, and transportation for residents. The City has also committed to funding pedestrian-friendly street improvements that will create public spaces, enhance curb appeal, and improve vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
Residents will have access to several community amenities, such as a fitness center, community and activity room, health and wellness center, and outdoor community space. Warner Robins will be built to EarthCraft Communities standards as well as High Performance Building Design criteria.
Funding for the project includes 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credits and 1st Mortgage - FHA 221(d)4 Loan.