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Neighborhood Upgrades Bring City Top Award

11/09/2009 - The city of Savannah’s neighborhood revitalization efforts have earned it a National League of Cities’ Award for Municipal Excellence.

Savannah won the Gold Medal for cities with populations between 50,000 and 150,000 for its Neighborhood Renaissance program. City Council and staff received the award Friday at the National League of Cities’ annual Congress of Cities in San Antonio.

Savannah's Neighborhood Renaissance initiative works with residents to create revitalization plans for their neighborhoods, then uses public-private partnerships with multiple agencies to rebuild infrastructure, add new affordable housing, refurbish existing homes, acquire vacant property, aggressively enforce property maintenance codes and create enterprise zones to spur economic development.

Between 2000 and 2008, the City's Neighborhood Renaissance program leveraged more than $154 million for housing and neighborhood improvements in three Savannah neighborhoods: Cuyler-Brownville, Benjamin Van Clark, and West Savannah. The program has led to new parks, new streets and sidewalks, and the construction of nearly 1,300 dwellings occupied by existing homeowners, new owners and renters.

Another $100 million in investment is planned for a fourth Neighborhood Renaissance initiative – Savannah Gardens, at the site of the former Strathmore Estates off Pennsylvania Avenue – beginning next year.

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