Help Historic Carver Village Grow

Help Historic Carver Village Grow

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Natavia Sanders started this petition to Savannah City Council

In 1949 the Federal Housing Administration established Historic Carver Village in order to give working class African Americans in Savannah, Georgia a chance to become homeowner's. Carver Village was named after the famous African American agricultural scientist, "George Washington Carver". The community was once known as the largest Federal Housing segregated African American community in the country, making it a model village. It consisted of six hundred two bedroom houses, that middle class African Americans purchased for as little as one hundred dollars. The community completed the process of becoming a Historic Landmark in January of 2019. The National Register of Historic Places listed the boundaries of district as W. Gwinnett & Endley Street, Allen Blun & Colat Avenue which is the street the Carver Village Community Center resides. Right behind the Carver Village Community Center and across from its community park is currently being prepared to house the city Maintenance Facility. Ground levying is underway for a maintenance facility, without allowing the community the sufficient time to plan it's historic district future.  

A City Maintenance Facility will do nothing to enhance the community, or bring economic prosperity to the Historic District and potentially diminish the quality of life. 

This is a petition request for the Savannah City Council to reconsider placing the maintenance facility in this community. It is also an opportunity to begin the process of helping make Savannah ONE Savannah. The West Side neighborhoods of Savannah have been grossly underinvested. What are the culture assets of Savannah's only African American Historic District? We are a city prided in culture and history, why not think of investing in the community with a new development that the community can embrace and grow with. This is an opportunity to rethink what gets developed in this area, that could potentially create jobs and economic prosperity. Every other Historic District in Savannah, have been embraced for its historic value except Carver Village Historic District. This is the only African American Historic District in Savannah, and if developed correctly could be amongst one of the top 50 African American Historic Designation to tour; with the added assets of Savannah's connection to the Atlantic Slave Trade, and the Gullah Geechee Culture. We respectfully ask the Savannah City Council to "STOP WHERE YOU AT"! Assess the value, and future of the area now that it has its "Culture Overlay"! Allow the people an opportunity to come back together,and truly decide if a CITY MAINTNANCE FACILITY is the right fit for this Historic District? 

The lead resident requesting this action is Louis Wilson. 

Please help Historic Carver Village grow and show solidarity by signing this petition. 

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