Kole to Manage New Downtown Apartments in Savannah
(SAVANNAH, GA) Park + Broad, a new high-end boutique apartment community in the up-and-coming east side of downtown Savannah has selected Kole Management Company (KMC), a Savannah-based real estate management and investment firm, to manage the facility.
The 70-unit property at 1020 E. Broad St. offers one- and two-bedroom apartments with 15 floor plans, all of which maximize natural light. Located within walking distance of Beasley and Forsyth parks, the units feature 12-foot ceilings, quartz countertops, stainless steel Frigidaire Gallery appliances and in-unit washer/dryers.
The community includes gated off-street parking, a 24-hour fitness center, a saltwater pool area that includes a cabana with a fire pit and gas grills, a package locker system, available storage lockers and a bicycle storage and repair room.
“Park + Broad truly has it all,” said KMC President Jeff Kole. “State-of-the-art amenities and conveniences, off-street parking and location in a redeveloping part of downtown Savannah that’s close to area services, restaurants and entertainment.”
Park + Broad is currently in lease-up and can be viewed at www.parkandbroadapts.com, or tours can be arranged at 912-657-0300. Raleigh-based Chaucer Creek Capital is the primary investor in the property, which was developed by DPJ Residential and built by Choate Construction.
A grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting are scheduled for Thursday, June 28 at 5:30 p.m. The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce will participate.
ABOUT KOLE MANAGEMENT COMPANY
Kole Management Co. owns and operates eight apartment communities in the Savannah area, one each in Atlanta, Augusta and Charlotte and three in Macon with more than 2,500 total units. Residents of Kole Management apartment communities enjoy many benefits, including the ability to pay rent and request work orders online. The company employs more than 80 maintenance, management and leasing personnel, all of whom are local and able to assist residents with their immediate needs. Kole Management is a family-owned company with a 25-year tradition of owning and operating well-maintained apartment communities. For more information on Kole Management, visit Kolemc.com.
Workshop and Luncheon Explained the Critical Steps to Starting a Commercial Construction Project
Presentation held by The Dewitt Tilton Group
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Dewitt Tilton Group hosted luncheon workshop at the Savannah Golf Club, presenting “From Buying the Dirt to Obtaining the Permit: The Critical Steps to Starting a Commercial Construction Project.”
Kim Thomas, director of operations for the Dewitt Tilton Group discussed the permitting process and zoning regulations, and Chris Tilton, president and co-founder of the Dewitt Tilton Group, spoke on selecting the perfect location for a project and what unexpected road bumps you might encounter when you find it.
“Unforeseen site work to prepare the land for building is easily the most troublesome issue among our clients,” said Tilton, “It’s important to look at a lot holistically, rather than focusing on its price per acre. Purchasing land without considering the quality of the dirt already on it, for example, can be an enormous oversight.”
Tilton also talked about how crucial it is to be aware of details such as how flood zones will affect building codes, the presence of zoning laws and local regulations and whether the lot has existing access to utilities, all of which can significantly delay construction projects if they catch buyers off-guard.
“We wanted to share some of the lessons our years of experience have taught us about commercial construction,” said Tilton, “For example, it’s easy for people to fall into the trap of believing they have found a great deal purchasing land, only to incur huge setbacks when faced with site work and permitting. Buying land for commercial construction is a big investment, so we want to provide prospective buyers with the resources they need to make informed decisions that will benefit them in the long run.”
MORE INFORMATION ON DEWITT TILTON GROUP
The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm located in Savannah, Ga., specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton, have over 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a commercial project from pre-construction to the final walk through. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities which guarantees a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com
Education and Agriculture Highlighted in Leadership Southeast Georgia’s Fourth Session Held in Bulloch County
(BULLOCH COUNTY) Leadership Southeast Georgia, a regional leadership development program, held its fourth of five sessions, focusing on educational and workforce factors that impact the region.
The session, held in Bulloch County, also addressed agritourism and its impact on the local economy.
“Educational and workforce factors are commonly discussed topics as they should be, but agritourism is something that a lot of folks don’t understand the significance of,” said Lee Beckmann, the leadership program’s chairman. “This class is going to come away from this session with a lot of new knowledge.”
On the first day of the session, the class heard a presentation on the Statesboro Blue Mile, an area of Bulloch County that is undergoing major restoration efforts, before taking a tour of the Blue Mile.
Later, the group visited Georgia Southern Universitywhere football coach Chad Lunsford led a tour of the Ted Smith Football Operations Center and university president Jaimie Hebert presented an overview and discussion of the school’s impact on the region.
After lunch on campus, the class traveled to Hunter Cattle, a local beef farm in Statesboro, and enjoyed a “GA Grown” dinner prepared by Chef Holly Chute, Executive Chef for the Georgia Departments of Agriculture and Economic Development, at the barn at Olde Homeplace.
The group began its second day at AgSouth Farm Credit where Jennifer Sammons Davis spoke to the group on how they support those in agriculture. The group also heard from Benjy Thompson of the Bulloch Co. Development Authority discussed the “Economics of Education”; Molly Bickerton, Director of Admissions for Ogeechee Tech, gave an overview of technical education as a post-secondary option and Scott Shelar, CEO of Construction Education Fund of Georgia, outlined issues related to workforce development.
Other speakers included: Mayor Jonathan McCollar, City of Statesboro; Chairman Roy Thompson, Bulloch Co. Board of Commissioners; Phyllis Thompson, President of Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce; Darron Burnette, Division CEO, Synovus; Keely Fennell, President, Blue Mile Foundation; State Representative Jan Tankersley; Senator Jack Hill; Kristan Fretwel, Hunter Cattle; Stephen Milner, Screven County Development Authority; and Commissioner Gary Black, Department of Agriculture.
Since January 1999, as part of Leadership Southeast Georgia, representatives of business, government, education and non-profit organizations in 10 southeast Georgia counties have taken part in creating a leadership network for regional community and economic development.
The annual five-month program is designed to grow and inspire engaged community leaders to improve the overall quality of life in the area. This year, the class is sponsored by Evans General Contractors, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., The Sack Company (SACK), Georgia Southern Universityand Georgia Power.
The next and final session will be held in Chatham County in May.
ABOUT LEADERSHIP SOUTHEAST GEORGIA
Leadership Southeast Georgiais a 501c(3) regional leadership program designed to advance the economic and community development in the 10-county southeast Georgia region and effectively build a network of regional leadership across county lines. With a focus on leadership and economic development, the program explores topics such as health and public safety, natural resources, military installations, education, agriculture, and transportation and infrastructure across Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Screven counties. Since 1999, Leadership Southeast Georgiahas graduated 15 classes representing approximately 325 graduates from throughout the region. For more info visit: http://www.lsega.com/
Felder & Associates Adapts Historic Home for Savannah African Art Museum
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah African Art Museum is moving to a larger and more accessible space.
Currently housed at 111 E. 34th St., the museum’s collection of more than 1,000 pieces of mostly central and western African artwork will relocate to a 6,000-square-foot historic home at 201 E. 37th St. in late summer.
Savannah architecture and design firm Felder & Associates is adapting the building, which was built in 1922 as a luxury home for a local family, for its new role. The structure was most recently used for an antiques mall.
“Our mission is to adapt a historic house from a retail environment into something of a neutral background for a vast collection of mostly three-dimensional sculptures, some of which have never been shown because of lack of space,” said Brian Felder, founder and principal of Felder & Associates. “Because of its size, this building is perfect for the African Art Museum as the large rooms are ideal for displaying his collection.”
The African art, representative of about 22 countries and 130 cultures and ethnic groups in central and west Africa, is collected by Don Kole, a local businessman and philanthropist, who has amassed the collection in extensive travels over the past 30 years. The artwork showcases a range of ceremonial and spiritual objects from the 19th and 20th centuries made from ceramics, metal, and wood.
“I’ve always been a collector and used to collect art of central and south America,” Kole said. “One day I went into a shop and saw this African art that was magnificent and sophisticated. I have been collecting it ever since.”.
For years, Kole stored the artwork at his property management office. Then, in 2014, he exhibited a portion of his metal works collection at Armstrong State University and saw a need to extend the educational opportunity to groups from Savannah’s public and private schools, especially to students who may know little of their ancestral homeland.
When a former photography studio across the street from his office became available a couple of years ago, he opened the nonprofit Savannah African Art Museum but soon realized he needed more space for the artwork, much of which was still in storage, as well as off-street parking.
At the same time, Felder’s team was working with the seller of the former antiques mall to find an opportunity to repurpose the space when Kole called to ask about the property.
“Brian Felder and his company have been wonderful,” Kole said. “Right from the start they understood what I wanted. The plans are phenomenal, and they’re a pleasure to work with.”
When the museum opens in its new, larger space in late summer, admission will continue to be free. The Savannah African Art Museum is a 501©3 nonprofit organization with the mission of providing an engaging experience and to start conversations about the power, diversity and spirituality of African art. It’s open at 111 E. 34th St. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information or to book a school tour, call (912) 421-8168 or visit online at https://www.facebook.com/SavannahAfricanArtMuseum/
ABOUT FELDER & ASSOCIATES
Established in 2012, Felder & Associates specializes in historic preservation, commercial architecture, adaptive reuse architecture, corporate interior design, high-end residential design, green building and neo-traditional building. The firm has a staff of LEED accredited architects and interior designers who focus on sustainability. Locally, Felder & Associates is a member of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce and Historic Savannah Foundation. The firm is nationally connected in the American Institutes of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers and the United States Green Building Council. Felder & Associates is a member of the International Interior Design Association. In 2014, Felder & Associates received a historic preservation award from the Historic Savannah Foundation and the best architecture firm award from Savannah Magazine. Felder & Associates recently completed the Grey restaurant in the former Greyhound bus depot in the Savannah historic district. The firm is located at 2514 Abercorn St. Suite 110, Savannah, GA 31401. For more information or to contact Felder & Associates, call 912-777-3979, or visit www.felderassociates.net
Bethesda Academy Cuts Ribbon for Newly Renovated Pavilion by the Barnbuilders
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Bethesda Barnbuilders, a local volunteer group, have finished work on newly renovated pavilion for students and guests at Bethesda Academy. The school hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the completed structure. The event was open to the public and a light lunch was served.
The Barnbuilders doubled the size of the pavilion and added a screened-in area. The group built the picnic pavilion in 2000 and have been expanding and improving it since.
The pavilion will be used for school functions and will be available for guests to rent for events.
“The Barnbuilders have a special place on Bethesda’s campus,” said Mike Hughes, president of Bethesda Academy. “Our students and faculty have watched this group dedicate Monday mornings to our school for the last 20 years, and these men are a true example of hard work and genuine character for our young men.”
The Bethesda Barnbuilders have met at Bethesda Academy every Monday since 1998. On average, 12 men work on various projects at the school each Monday between 8 a.m. and noon. The group consists primarily of retired men who live on Skidaway Island. This year, the group received a grant from the Landings Landlovers to offset costs of the pavilion renovations.
As Bethesda’s Maintenance Director, Beau Lynah did an analysis a few years ago to value the work completed annually by the Barnbuilders and believes a conservative estimate is right around $200,000 each year. Projects completed by the Barnbuilders include, among others, a repair of the alumni cottage, an athletic trainer suite and new football lockers for the JV team.
ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private boarding and day school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and STEM curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376.
Chris Tilton of Dewitt Tilton Group Attains Unlimited Contractor’s License in South Carolina
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah-based Dewitt Tilton Group has announced that company president and co-founder Chris Tilton has attained the South Carolina Unlimited Building Contractor’s license.
Although Tilton was previously licensed by National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies to work in Georgia and South Carolina, the unlimited license allows his company to take on a greater scope of commercial projects in the Palmetto State, as well as other types of building construction. It also allows Tilton access to take a business law exam in 26 different states for licensing.
“This certification means a great deal to me because my love for construction was born in South Carolina,” Tilton said. “The Lowcountry is an important place in my past, and it is a big part of my future.”
“When I was a child, we lived on Dove Street in the North Forest Beach area of Hilton Head Island, which was still a small, rural place,” Tilton said. “My dad was a South Carolina Lowcountry homebuilder and one of only three builders on the island back in the 1960s. From a very young age, I was often at the side of my father’s trim carpenter, learning the business as a hands-on helper.”
When Tilton moved to Savannah, he and his future business partner, Andrew Dewitt, became high school friends. They would later found the company that bears their names after seeing the need for a Savannah firm that would focus on new commercial construction and could manage every aspect of a project from pre-construction through completion.
Tilton is a licensed general contractor in Georgia and South Carolina and is a Georgia registered real estate appraiser. Andrew Dewitt carries certifications as a real estate appraiser in Georgia and South Carolina and is a member of the Savannah Board of Realtors. Together, they have more than 50 years of experience in the local construction industry.
MORE ABOUT THE DEWITT TILTON GROUP:
The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm located in Savannah, Ga., specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton, have more than 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a commercial project from pre-construction to the final walk through. Known for using only reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities that guarantee a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com
The Dewitt Tilton Group Breaks Ground on New Livingood’s Location
(SAVANNAH, GA) Livingood’s Appliances and Bedding held a groundbreaking ceremony on a new location, 1225 West U.S. Hwy 80 in Pooler, Ga. The Dewitt Tilton Group, a commercial construction firm based in Savannah, Ga., has been hired to build the 12,000-square ft. structure.
Livingood’s is a family owned appliance and mattress company with locations in Savannah and Okatie, S.C. Founded in 1976, the store sells major brands that include Bosch, Sub Zero/Wolf, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Serta, Tempur-Pedic®, Electrolux, Maytag and General Electric.
The new location in Pooler will be the company’s third showroom and will serve customers in west Chatham County.
“We saw a need to expand into the Pooler area,” said Phyllis Livingood, president and co-owner of Livingood’s. “We have a growing base of customers who live in the area and wanted to make shopping more convenient for them.”
The Dewitt Tilton Group expects the project to take approximately seven months with work to begin immediately.
“Livingood’s has always been a favorite among locals in the Lowcountry,” said Chris Tilton, co-owner of The Dewitt Tilton Group. “The new showroom will give Livingood’s an opportunity to better serve their customers and reach a wider audience.”
According to the World Population Review, Pooler, Ga. has experienced a 21.96 percent population growth between 2010 and 2016, where it was reported that the population size of Pooler, Ga. was 23,744.
MORE ABOUT THE DEWITT TILTON GROUP
The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm located in Savannah, Ga., specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton, have over 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a commercial project from pre-construction to the final walk through. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities which guarantee a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com
MORE ABOUT LIVINGOOD’S APPLIANCES & BEDDING
Livingood’s Appliances & Bedding is a family-owned appliance and mattress store located in Savannah, Ga., and Okatie, S.C. Since 1976, Livingood’s Appliances & Bedding has served customers in Savannah and Okatie with home appliances and mattresses, offering excellent customer service. Livingood’s Appliances & Bedding is an authorized dealer of major brands such as Bosch, Sub Zero, Whirlpool, Maytag, GE, Frigidaire, Electrolux, Kitchen Aid, Viking, Miele, Tempurpedic, Serta and many more. For more information, please visit https://www.livingoodsonline.com/