Cotton Mill Lofts is a 32 unit general family affordable housing apartment community located 101 S Houston Street, in Hawkinsville, Georgia, along the Ocmulgee River.
For leasing or other information, please call 478-783-4885 or visit their website.
This project qualified for incentives under the Georgia Power Earthcents Home Energy Improvement Program and was also certified under the EarthCraft Multifamily Renovation program as an adaptive reuse project.
The Cotton Mill Lofts project was awarded the 2013 EarthCraft Award of Environmental Excellence!
This property was the second project for Synergy.
Cotton Mill Lofts is special in many ways. The original building was constructed in the late 1800’s. This was an adaptive reuse project converting a building originally designed to be a cotton mill. The property is, most recently, the former Pillowtex Mill.
Partial funding came under HUD’s HOPE VI Main Street program, a special grant designed to expand the production of affordable housing to rural communities’ historic central business or “Main Street” areas. The Cotton Mill Lofts project is part of a broader effort by the city of Hawkinsville to revitalize their downtown.
Cotton Mill Lofts is owned and operated by Landmark Property Management Company of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The general contractor for this project was Rehab Builders of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. They specialize in adaptive reuse projects.
Synergy entered the affordable general family housing portion of this project at the beginning of the EarthCraft-related phases of construction. When we first entered the building, I was scared! I was scared for my safety when looking at the condition of the building. I was also scared that the owner and general contractor would never be able to reach their goals. Fortunately, both fears were proven to be wrong. I did not fall through a floor or through the roof. And yes, they met or exceeded each of their goals.
In summary, their goals were to:
Besides the 32 affordable housing units, the project also included 11 market rate housing units and a Community Market.
Under the Georgia Power Earthcents Home Energy Improvement Program the combination of improvements and test results indicated that the tenants in these apartments should see an energy savings of nearly 45% (on average) versus apartments constructed to current building and energy codes. Think about it… beauty and energy efficiency all in one package! Yes, it can be done!
Synergy was given two photos that were taken by the general contractor more than 2 years prior to Synergy entering the project. Synergy also has a great collection of before and after photos. They will tell more of the story than we ever could with words. Check out the photo gallery below to see the wow.
Synergy’s only role at Cotton Mill Lofts was to provide EarthCraft Technical advisory, inspection, and testing services. We had no other role in this project.
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