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A letter to Starland District: Update on Starland Village from Foram

On behalf of the Foram Group, I want to thank everyone who offered their support, insight and feedback on the Starland Village project we are working so hard to bring to the neighborhood. Conversation among Starland neighbors, business owners and our leaders is an important part of the process.

Starland Village will be a community of substance, bringing together an approachable combination of arts, culture, commerce and design with inspirational and community-oriented values at heart of this entire project.

As you are aware, MPC recommended approval for a zoning amendment put forth by Foram. This allows us to proceed to Savannah City Council who will make the final decision on our proposed plan for Starland Village.

NEW ZONING DETAILS

We are very excited about the new direction for our rezoning and the elimination of the TC-3. The new amendment is solely focused on the redevelopment of contributing buildings that were originally designed for religious or educational uses in the civic district within Mid City. The amendment limits the number of civic properties in Mid City that could qualify and keeps our rezoning site specific without major effects on any other property, including civic properties, throughout the neighborhood. Any request for these flexible development standards MUST be reviewed on a project-by-project basis and are not given by right.

Of course, MPC was only the first step. We’re looking forward to continued open dialogue with our Starland neighbors throughout the remaining steps of the zoning process. We will be working closely with the City to ensure this project integrates seamlessly with the neighborhood.

I wanted to also take this opportunity to clear up some misinformation on the parking system we are including in the project. Starland Village will utilize the innovate services of CityLift Parking - a fully automated parking system that reduces the footprint needed for conventional parking.

PARKING + CITYLIFT

The entry/retrieval process of a vehicle is as follows: the user commands the module from the LED screen on the module, or by pressing a FOB from roughly 100’ away. Either method activates the system to lift, lower, and traverse bringing autos to the Ground level where a user can access their own vehicle. It is safe, user friendly, and hassle free. The system can also integrate RFID readers to command the system, user kiosk station(s), and/or a smart app that is site specific. With this automated system, multiple autos can be retrieved at one time and deliver your car within seconds (18 to 35 seconds depending on final design).

Again, we are so excited to see this unique project come to life and are dedicated to incorporating inspirational and community-oriented values into the heart of what we’re trying to build including:

  • ARTS: Home for creative artists and diverse cultural events

  • ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT: Resource for freelancers and small businesses

  • COLLABORATION: Thriving and affordable co-working environment

  • NETWORKING: Social and business networking hub

  • COMMUNITY: Leader in strong community partnerships

On March 29th, 2018 at 2 p.m., the Foram Group will appear before City Council to share and seek approval of our rezoning for Starland Village. In the meantime, if you have any questions about our project, the recent zoning language, or anything at all, please know our door is open and we would be happy to answer your questions and clear up any misinformation.

Be sure to check out our new Starland Village website, Facebook and Instagram pages. We will be sharing news and updates on these channels - you can follow along here:

Best wishes,

Travis Stringer

President, Foram Group

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Savannah, GA 31401

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