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Harbor Shores Selects Local Green Builder Powell Construction Services as the Builder of the Cottage Homes

March 23, 2009 - Harbor Shores Community Redevelopment, Inc.

Benton Harbor, MI - Harbor Shores Community Redevelopment Inc. (HSCRI), a Michigan non-profit, is pleased to announce that Powell Construction Services of St. Joseph, MI has been selected as the builder of the cottage home neighborhood in Harbor Shores' River District.

This new neighborhood is located between Higman Park Road and the Paw Paw River in Benton Charter Township. Plans call for the construction of approximately 60 cottage homes, a neighborhood clubhouse and swimming pool, and boat docks along the Paw Paw River. Information on this new development will soon be available at the Harbor Shores Discovery Center located at 301 State Street in St. Joseph, Michigan.

Evergreen Development Managing Director Mark Hesemann said, "As we interviewed the various builders interested in the cottage style homes, Powell quickly rose to the top of the list. We are very pleased to be able to offer potential buyers of the cottage style product such a top notch builder with so many strong designations including being a Certified Green Builder."

Powell Construction Services President Greg Powell said, "Our company is looking forward to working with the Harbor Shores team to develop a well built, environmentally friendly neighborhood. It is truly exciting to be a part of the Harbor Shores development, which is creating a once in a lifetime opportunity to improve our area for years to come."

Cornerstone Alliance Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Greg Vaughn said, "Our organization has always enjoyed and has a history of working with Powell Construction Services. Powell was one of the first builders to partner with us on the development of the Woodridge Place subdivision in Benton Charter Township, a very successful project that created a new diverse neighborhood. Greg and the team at Powell Construction have always shown a strong commitment to working with local individuals and firms."

Vaughn added, "As the liaison for the Harbor Shores Local Business Consortium, we look forward to partnering with Mr. Powell. It is our hope to build on our strong partnership with Michigan Works!, The Opportunity Center, the Consortium for Community Development and others to assure local participation."

Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce Chair Lynne Christiano said, "We are very pleased to see the inaugural winner of the Cornerstone Chamber Green Business Award selected to participate in Harbor Shores. This is a shining example of the importance of using local businesses and the impact they can have on a project like Harbor Shores."

Christiano added, "Harbor Shores is clearly impacting the local economy by spending over $13 million with local vendors and individuals and we are still in the early phases of the project's development. The major impact is yet to come."

About Powell Construction Services

Greg Powell has been a home builder for over 12 years. He worked for others in the building business for about 16 years then started Powell Construction Services in 1997. Powell Construction Services is a small volume building business, and has built over 130 homes in our local area. In addition to being a new home builder, Powell does property development, remodeling and maintenance. The Powell Construction Services team includes a small office staff to cover administrative, estimating, scheduling, and design as well as a team of high quality carpenters. Powell is focused on Green Building practices and has completed a number of Certified Green Built™ homes. Additionally, Greg serves is a member and past president of the the Southwest Michigan Homebuilders Associations as well as the Michigan Association of Home Builders.

About Harbor Shores

The Benton Harbor/St. Joseph area has been on the path to revitalization for several years now thanks to community and economic development efforts. Due to a focus on the importance of diversity with inclusion, a true grass roots initiative involving over 3,500 citizens has resulted in a wide array of projects. Whether it is the Edgewater project, HOPE VI housing project, Harbor Habitat for Humanity's Jimmy Carter Work Project, or programs like the Bridges to Digital Excellence, the Boys and Girls Club and others, lives are being changed. However, much work remains to be done in order to create a world-class community.

Many of the community organizations responsible for these initiatives have partnered together to initiate the Harbor Shores Community Redevelopment project. Harbor Shores builds upon many past projects while creating additional opportunities in which area residents can engage. The very foundation of the initiative is a Community Benefits Plan that defines, directs and memorializes a commitment to bring change for all residents through literacy, workforce development, home ownership, or business assistance. The goal of the project is to be the enabler to continue economic, environmental and social/cultural transformation that is already under way.

Harbor Shores is a 530-acre, mixed use development spanning parts of Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, and Benton Charter Township. It has been initiated to revitalize the community while protecting its natural beauty. Plans call for residential units, commercial space, marinas, up to two hotels, a conference center, an indoor water park, an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, the Midwest's first Nicklaus Signature Golf Academy, 83 acres of new parks, green space and public waterfront access points as well as walking and bike trails along with various other amenities.

This development is a cooperative effort between The Alliance for World-Class Communities, Cornerstone Alliance, Whirlpool Foundation, the cities of Benton Harbor and St. Joseph, Benton Charter Township, Berrien County, the state of Michigan and others.

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