Development Authority of Bulloch County to Receive $2.4 Million for ‘Rural Workforce Housing’ Infrastructure

The Development Authority of Bulloch County is one of five local governments to be awarded state funding this week for Rural Workforce Housing initiatives.

The announcement came from Governor Kemp’s office on Thursday, which said the money is awarded to communities that “demonstrated strong collaboration between communities and real estate developers.”

From the press release:

The Development Authority of Bulloch County will receive $2,437,520 for necessary road and drainage improvements at the 78-acre Cornerstone Point development. These improvements will support 79 new single-family homes, all constructed by local developer, VALNOC, LLC. Bulloch County and the development partner are contributing to the total project cost of $3,108,620.

VALNOC LLC is a private entity with the registered agent listed as John Lavender, owner of Lavender & Associates based in Statesboro, which touts ‘more than 600 successful projects throughout the state of Georgia’ since 1989. The authorized signer of the VALNOC LLC Secretary of State paperwork is Delmar Jackson Conner.

An open records request has been filed with Bulloch County to determine how much of the $671,100 paid for by ‘the developer partner and Bulloch County’ will be paid for by Bulloch County.

Other awards:

City of Blackshear
The City of Blackshear will receive an infrastructure grant of $2,450,000 to construct water, sewer, street, and drainage improvements for the 32-acre Pinehurst Village development. These improvements will enable the construction of 43 new homes across development phases two and three. Both phases will be helmed by Lloyd Investments, who is contributing to the total project cost alongside the City of Blackshear.

City of Gainesville
The City of Gainesville will be awarded $2,500,000 for necessary drainage infrastructure improvements for two local developments: the Gainesville Nonprofit Development Foundation and the Norton Agency. The former plans to construct 17-23 single-family homes while the latter will construct 66 rental housing units. The City of Gainesville is contributing to the total project cost of $3,839,675.

City of Reidsville
The City of Reidsville will receive $1,650,351 to construct necessary water, road, drainage, and sewer infrastructure improvements for the 14-acre Pine Ridge Subdivision that will support 37 new single-family homes built by Catch 22 Properties. The City of Reidsville is contributing to the total infrastructure cost of $1,690,351 with the development partner covering any project cost overages.

City of Sylvester
The City of Sylvester will be awarded $1,321,523 to construct necessary water, road, sewer, and drainage improvements to support the completion of the 47-acre Quail Pines Subdivision. Local developer Quail Pines of Sylvester, LLC, plans to construct 20-64 new homes across phases two and three of development. Both the City of Sylvester and the development partner are contributing to the total project cost of $1,849,373.

These grants total more than $10.3 million in infrastructure development, supporting nearly 312 housing units across five communities. The money must be spent within two years of the award.

Jessica Szilagyi

Jessica Szilagyi is Publisher of TGV News. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement and corrections. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia.

Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and co-creator of of the Peabody Award-nominated podcast 'Prison Town.'

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