Exciting energy efficient project offering both commercial space & affordable senior housing Mobile, Alabama (August 11, 2011) Â– G&M Associates/White-Spunner Construction Joint Venture recently broke ground on an innovative mixed-use development in Historic Central City, New Orleans designed to offer commercial and retail space with much needed housing for seniors. In April, G&M Associates and White-Spunner Construction Joint Venture began construction of the MLK project, an exciting energy-efficient $13 million urban development within walking distance to downtown New Orleans. Once completed in July 2012, the 92,000-square-foot development which is owned by Gulf Coast Housing Partnership of New Orleans will breathe new life into the Big EasyÂ’s long neglected old textile district. Â“We are excited about this unique project because of what it will offer local businesses and seniors as well as what it means to the ongoing revitalization effort of Historic Central City,Â” said Ben Harris, project manager for G&M Associates/White-Spunner Construction JV. Â“The five-story development features 20,000 square feet of commercial office and retail space and 72,000 square feet of senior housing, including 70 apartments,Â” said Harris. Â“The commercial end will be occupied with three stories of offices and the first floor will be retail,Â” said Paul Cressy, senior project manager with Gulf Coast Housing Partnership. Â“Already, we have all our tenants for the office space.Â” The residential portion of the development, dubbed The Harrell Building, offers one and two bedroom apartments designed for tenants age 55 and older. Developers expect the units will fill up fast. Â“In New Orleans, there are a lot of older people living in dilapidated rentals and shotgun houses,Â” Cressy said. Â“The rent at these new apartments will be comparable to what these folks are paying elsewhere but the housing will be much nicer, safer and extremely energy efficient. We know the demand for this housing is there because we already have people on the waiting list to get an apartment and we have seen how well received The Muses has been.Â” White-Spunner Construction first worked with Gulf Coast Housing Partnership on The Muses, an urban residential development nearby in Historic Central City. Boasting 263 apartment units in two four-story buildings and offering green living through its LEED-Silver designation, the development was well received when it was completed in January. Â“This is our second partnership with White-Spunner Construction, joined by G&M Associates, and working with them is almost effortless,Â” Cressy said. Â“They are very organized. The project supervisors and project managers we have worked with really know what they are doing.Â” Challenges of the MLK mixed-use development include zero lot line and no lay-down for staging materials, according to Marcos Makohon, Project Manager for the Joint Venture. G&M Associates/White-Spunner Construction JV has met these challenges by carefully coordinating building material deliveries, allowing the JV to meet schedule constraints. CCWIV Architecture, LLC is the architect on the project that features traditional and contemporary design as well as green energy efficient practices. Â“The entire development is built to green communitiesÂ’ standards,Â” said Cressy. Â“It is extremely energy efficient throughout.Â” White-Spunner Construction and Gulf Coast Housing Partnership will soon break ground on a third development in Historic Central City, which will feature 43 units of Â“transitional housingÂ” for the homeless. About G&M Associates/White-Spunner Construction Joint Venture G&M/White-Spunner Construction Joint Venture have a certified SBA Mentor/ProtĂ©gĂ© Agreement and are a certified SBA 8(a) team with the required design and build experience supported by a large bonding capacity. G&M Associates is a federally certified 8(a) and HUBZone Small Business. Their expert team represents more than 40 years of combined experience in construction and project management. Services are provided for nearly all sectors of the construction industry including general contracting, design build and construction management. G&M Associates/White-Spunner Construction Joint Venture is committed to safety, quality and integrity. One of the leading construction companies in the Southeast, the company is licensed in 37 states and works closely with clients on build to suit, design build, municipal/institutional, government/military, multi-family, industrial, commercial and healthcare projects. Long-term owner relationships are maintained by striving to complete every project on schedule and within budget. Work opportunities are earnestly pursued by responding to any project Â– large or small Â– with competitive bids and negotiated construction services. For more information, contact Pam Denham at 251.656.3843.