From an article in the “Savannah Morning News” dated September 20, 1942 (transcribed by Charles E. Varner)


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Purchase Price Approximates $40,000




Subdivision Adjacent to Southeastern Shipyards


Acquisition of tracts of land aggregating approximately $40,000 for Pine Gardens subdivision, adjacent to Southeastern Shipbuilding Corporation to accommodate the influx of workers, was shown in warranty deeds filed in Superior court yesterday.

Work on the initial release of 100 houses, each to cost a minimum of $3, 500 for the group, will be started immediately, according to information obtained last night.  Altogether 400 units will be built.

Receipt of building materials for actual construction of the housing development has been contingent upon the acquisition of acreage on which to build the houses, it is understood.  Now that this matter has been completed, construction will be started, “immediately, “ according to the informant.

The following warranty deeds represent the land acquired for Pie Gardens subdivision.

(This paragraph consisted of manes of individuals, block numbers, and some other information, but it is mostly illegible.)

Petition for charter for the incorporation of Pine Gardens, Inc., was signed and granted by Judge Joseph H. Grice in Superior court here August 10.  Petitioners were J. M. Wainright, of Birmingham, Ala. And J. Gerard Lewis and Joseph Weintraub, both of Miami.  They are represented by Gazan, Walsh and Bernstein and Thomas Gianillaid, local law firms.

The petition stated that capital stock of the corporation would consist of … (duplicate of the information included in the August 11, 1942 SMN article)

The development is to be in the vicinity of President street and Pennsylvania avenue where approximately eight acres of land were acquired.

Chatham County commissioners approved plans for the development on August 28.  The project Mr. Gignilliat informed the board at that time has been approved by the Federal Housing Administration, and necessary priorities and approvals as an emergency housing project have been secured from government agencies.