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September 27, 2018, City Council Regular Meeting
31. Motion to Approve Memorandum of Agreement with the Historic Savannah Foundation Concerning Renovation of Historic Structure at 419 W. 34th Street
Strategic Priority
Neighborhood Revitalization

The City of Savannah and the Historic Savannah Foundation have negotiated an agreement that will restore the historic two-story structure at 419 W. 34th Street, and renovate the building into a caretaker's cottage for the Central Precinct facility being constructed on the same property. The two-story structure, built in the 1890s, was considered the most historically significant building on the site purchased by the City for construction of the first purpose-built precinct facility in Savannah in a century. 

Under terms of the proposed agreement, the Historic Savannah Foundation will contribute $50,000.00 to hire an architect and develop plans and specifications the City will use to hire a contractor to rehabilitate the structure in keeping with the historic and architectural character of the building. The balance of the contribution will then be placed in a maintenance reserve account that will help the City continue to maintain the property's exterior according to this standard. In exchange for this contribution, the City would accept a Historic Savannah Foundation conservation easement on the property for a period of 10 years from completion of the project, which grants the organization continued oversight of exterior alterations, repairs and improvements of the structure. 

The City plans to renovate the structure into a duplex apartment, which will be rented to Savannah Police officers assigned to the neighboring Central Precinct at a reduced rate in exchange for undertaking certain caretaker duties with the Precinct facility. The renovation of the caretaker's cottage is estimated to be $250,000, which would be funded using SPLOST funds.





Bret Bell, Assistant to the City Manager
Financial Impact
$50,000 contribution by Historic Savannah Foundation
Review Comments
MOA - HSF_City_Meldrim Row.pdf
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