32 | jpm® | Sep.Oct 2014
spotlight / Famous Properties
Abercorn Common has its own
unique history. Originally built in
the late 1960s, the center has grown
from 38,000 square feet at its inception to 185,000 square feet today.
Located at the epicenter of Savannah’s south-side shopping district,
it is in a prime location for both
tenants and shoppers alike.
In 2004, the center’s original developer, Savannah-based Melaver,
Inc., decided to renovate Abercorn
Common as part of a pilot project
in the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Core and Shell program. After a two-year, $30 million
Savannah, Georgia is one of the oldest cities in the U.S. As the site of Revolutionary and Civil War battles, the city is best known for its teadfast commitment to preserving its rich history. Additionally, its thriving arts and cultural scene is a big draw for local, domestic and international tourists.
While the city is certainly proud of its historic roots, it has also embraced
the modern idea of green building. Case in point: Savannah’s Abercorn Common, the first Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (
LEED)-cer-tified retail shopping center in the U.S.. Some of the center’s tenants include
McDonald’s, Panera Bread, HomeGoods and Michaels. Notably, the McDonald’s in Abercorn Common was the very first LEED-certified McDonald’s in
But how does a shopping center that boasts such a modern concept like
LEED blend seamlessly in such a historic city? “They’re both about preservation—preserving historic buildings and preserving our natural resources,”
said Louis Lipsitz, Director of Leasing for David Garfunkel & Co., LLC, owner and manager of the center.
SHOPPING GR EEN
As the first LEED-certified shopping center in the U.S., Abercorn
Common is a model of energy and water efficiency
| BY DIANA MIREL