SAVANNAH Tenn., Aug 18, 2011 -- As any building ages it reaches a point where routine maintenance is no longer enough. For older apartments a little investment can also translate into a lot of savings on utility bills for residents.
Hallmark Group Services, LLC, USDA Rural Development and the Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) today celebrated the completion of an array of new energy efficiency upgrades and other renovations at Cypress Gardens Apartments in Savannah. The improvements were financed with an affordable housing loan through USDA and a grant from THDA.
Each of the 42 apartments is now equipped with new energy star rated windows, energy efficient appliances, water heaters and heating and air conditioning units. Other improvements include new carpet, floor coverings, cabinets and bathroom fixtures. The community rooms were also updated for the benefit of all residents.
"It's hard to find safe, affordable housing near work, school, healthcare and community activities," said RD Area Director Arlisa Armstrong. "Hallmark Group Services has always done a great job of marshalling resources to make needed accessibility improvements and upgrades to rural apartments. Now they're even helping reduce energy consumption, which is good for renters and for the environment."
For information on Cypress Gardens Apartments contact Sherwood Management Company at 6210 Dayton Boulevard, Suite A, Hixson, TN 37343 423-770-1339. Information on other affordable apartments available in rural Tennessee is available at www.rurdev.usda.gov/TN-Individuals.html.
Also participating in the events were Sen. Lamar Alexander's Representative Matt Varino; Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s Representative Johnny Blakely; THDA Representative David Pair; Hallmark Vice President Norine Lewis, Regional Manager Glynnis Patton and Site Manager Patsy Hobbs; RD staff Kathy Brantley and Vernice Williams.
USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, infrastructure, homeownership and affordable rental housing in rural communities. During the last two years the agency assisted more than 1.5 million Tennessee families and businesses, investing more than $1.3 billion through affordable loans, loan guarantees and grants.
For more information on USDA Rural Development programs available in southwest Tennessee contact the Rural Development Area Office in Jackson at 731-668-2091, ext. 2, toll free at 1-800-342-3149 ext. 1495 or visit us at www.rurdev.usda.gov/tn.
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