White-Spunner Construction develops $7.4 million housing project in New Orleans historic Central City Mobile, AL (October 24, 2011) White-Spunner Construction, Inc. broke ground this summer and continues development of a supportive housing project that promises to provide permanent housing for New Orleans very low-income and homeless residents. The Mobile, Ala. based design build and construction firm began construction in July on the McCaleb Supportive Housing project, a multifamily rental housing development planned for New Orleans historic Central City neighborhood. The construction portion of the $7.2 million project is $4,920,114. The housing facility, located at 1220 South Robertson Street near downtown New Orleans, will feature 43 one-bedroom, one-bath apartments for the homeless and low-income residents. The project also will provide supportive services, such as case management, referrals for health care and mental health services, as well as offer life skills training. The three-story, 48,535-square-foot supportive housing development a wood frame structure atop elevated post tension slab - is slated for completion in May 2012. The affordable housing project, co-owned by Gulf Coast Housing Partnership (GCHP) of New Orleans, is named for the Dr. Murphy W. McCaleb Educational Fund, Inc. The McCaleb Fund aims to provide affordable housing to those in need. GCHP is developing the project along with the McCaleb Fund. White-Spunner Construction is the builder. The McCaleb Fund will provide the supportive services to residents. CCWIV Architecture LLC is the architect. Residents of the development will enjoy green living without spending so much of their green on power costs. The project will be built to the sustainability and energy efficiency standards set forth by Enterprise Green Communities, including Energy Star lighting, appliances, windows, and HVAC units, which will result in lower utility bills for residents. In addition, the project will use sealants and paints with lower levels of toxicity, and flooring comprised of sustainable materials. The building design will also incorporate storm-resistant features. Victoria Welch, project manager for GCHP, said the idea for McCaleb Supportive Housing was born out of a need for more affordable housing in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The neighborhood is in the early stages of a revitalization effort, Welch said. This project will help reinforce the revival of this area while allowing long-standing members of this community to return to, or remain in, their neighborhood. The McCaleb project is White-Spunner Constructions third partnership with the GCHP of New Orleans. Each of the three partnership projects are aimed at breathing new life into historic Central City, located in the Big Easys long-neglected old textile district. The first two partnership projects: 1 WSC in April broke ground on an innovative mixed-use development in Historic Central City that will offer commercial and retail space with much needed housing for seniors. The MLK project, an exciting energy-efficient $13 million urban development, is set for completion in July, 2012. Gulf Coast Housing Partnership of New Orleans owns the 92,000-square-foot development. 2 WSC 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, 2011. GCHP and White-Spunner Construction have had a successful working relationship, Welch said. Affordable housing projects can be complicated due to the layers of different funding sources and the building and compliance requirements. The completion of the very successful Muses project has given us great confidence in White-Spunner. They have provided quality service and workmanship. The McCaleb project has received more than $7 million in funding, including a $5.3 million loan from the State of Louisiana Office of Community Development, Welch said. Funding for the project also has been provided by the City of New Orleans, Louisiana Housing Finance Agency and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas through an Affordable Housing Program grant administered by Whitney Bank. Whitney Bank is also providing the construction loan. White-Spunner Construction is meeting various project challenges during construction, including minimal room for construction materials lay down, as the property is nestled snuggly between a church and a residence. We are thrilled to be working again with Gulf Coast Housing Partnership on another forward-thinking development that will serve lower-income New Orleans residents. This is yet another step toward revitalizing historic Central City and this project will provide much needed housing to those who would not otherwise find it, said Tommy Rowe, WSC.