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Old January 14th, 2017, 05:09 PM   #81
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Revised design of the West Elm Hotel is now approved.


http://businessinsavannah.com/bis/20...yth-park-hotel
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Old January 25th, 2017, 01:00 AM   #82
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645-room, $250 million hotel proposed for President Street....
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The Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission submitted a Development of Regional Impact application for the project at 1147 E. President St. in Savannah. In addition to the 645 rooms, it would offer 685 parking spaces and would require site improvements, according to the project description in the initial DRI form.
The developer is listed as HD Companies US Inc. of Pooler, Ga. The project is slated for completion in May 2019, according to the application.
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Old March 11th, 2017, 01:30 PM   #83
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Here's a few renderings of new projects in Savannah
305 WAYNE
305 Wayne-Savannah by brandon walker, on Flickr

LIBERTY HOTEL
Liberty Hotel-Savannah by brandon walker, on Flickr

501 MONTGOMERY
501 Montgomery-Savannah by brandon walker, on Flickr

501 Montgomery-Savannah by brandon walker, on Flickr

229 WEST CONGRESS
229 West Congress-Savannah by brandon walker, on Flickr

SAVANNAH RIVER LANDING
Savannah River Landing Master Plan-Savannah by brandon walker, on Flickr
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Old March 11th, 2017, 01:31 PM   #84
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Savannah River Landing may be coming back from the dead....
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Savannah River Landing Land JV, LLC is under contract to purchase the property pending approval of a new master plan to build residential, retail, hospitality and office space on the 56-acre site that lies between the Savannah River and East President Street. Approval could mean the resumption of work on what was expected to be an extension of the Historic District before the 2008 recession brought construction to a halt — leaving a network of unused roads and utility lines behind with no buildings in place.

The new plan, which is scheduled to be presented to the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission on Tuesday, retains the previous project’s grid street pattern and also provides public space for parks and squares, including a strip of greenspace along the extended Savannah Riverwalk.

There are some differences from the previous plan, however, which will also have to be approved by Savannah City Council. The proposed lot and block sizes are larger to be more “user friendly,” while the proposed heights for the buildings — which range between 60 to 180 feet — are scaled back from President to River Street, rather than having the taller buildings by the waterfront, said the owner’s attorney, Harold Yellin.
http://savannahnow.com/news/2017-03-...-river-landing
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Old March 28th, 2017, 04:40 PM   #85
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This could be huge for bringing in much needed residential infill density into downtown Savannah and balancing growth between lodging, commercial, and residential for years to come. Currently zoning rules provide much greater return for hotel investments over residential, something the city wants to change.

"In an attempt to spur more housing development in the Historic District and surrounding areas, officials are considering zoning changes and incentives that would make such projects more attractive to investors."

http://savannahnow.com/news/2017-03-...dential-growth

In related news, Savannah city staff are proposing a temporary moratorium on new hotel construction until the new downtown zoning code can be implemented. There has been a huge construction wave of hotels and hospitality in recent years with little emphasis on housing in downtown. Looks like the city is committed to making downtown appealing for residential development:

http://savannahnow.com/news/2017-03-...restles-growth

Finally, looks like Broughton Street will be getting a streetscaping facelift likely sometime in 2018 following the rollout of the final proposed Broughton Streetscape Plan:

http://businessinsavannah.com/bis/20...ars-serve-well
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Old March 29th, 2017, 03:50 PM   #86
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That is all great news. That they're addressing these concerns now before things get out of hand is a strong sign of leadership and being in-touch with the community. It's very easy for touristy cities to lose the focus on their full-time residents and constituents, so it's nice to see they're thinking comprehensively.
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Old April 3rd, 2017, 11:21 PM   #87
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Construction photos

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Perry Lane Hotel

Savannah by brandon walker, on Flickr

Perry Lane Hotel rendering


Townhome development

Savannah by brandon walker, on Flickr

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Old April 14th, 2017, 04:01 PM   #88
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Deepening Savannah’s harbor is expected to cost a third more and take two years longer to complete than originally estimated, according to the US Army Corps of Engineers.

While the Corps estimates the cost to deepen Savannah’s harbor has ballooned hundreds of millions of dollars over the past three years to nearly $1 billion, so too has the cost benefit to shippers.

“You never want to see the cost of anything go up, but I think ultimately the bottom line is the payback to the nation has improved at almost double the rate of the cost,” Griff Lynch, executive director at the Georgia Ports Authority, told JOC.com on Friday. “This project is now more attractive than it was before. Yes, there is more money needed for it, but if we’re truly looking for projects that will have a meaningful payback to the nation, this is the project.”

The Corps reported Wednesday that the total cost of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project has increased some $267 million to $973 million, 38 percent more than the price tag the Corps quoted in 2014. The cost savings for shippers and consumers have also increased from $174 million per year to $282 million per year — an improvement of 62 percent over the next 50 years.

Although Lynch said that the port authority still plans to finish the deepening in “a timely manner,” the Corps now estimates the project won’t be completed until at least January 2022, two years later than originally anticipated.

The harbor expansion, a critical first step so the Georgia port can better handle the larger cargo ships traversing the expanded Panama Canal, is now behind similar harbor projects in Jacksonville and Charleston, expected to wrap up in 2020 and by 2021, respectively.
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Old April 15th, 2017, 09:52 PM   #89
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Did they say why it would take longer? I'm not a subscriber and didn't see anything clear after a google search.
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Old April 17th, 2017, 06:48 PM   #90
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Did they say why it would take longer? I'm not a subscriber and didn't see anything clear after a google search.
Savannah is far from the only port wanting to deepen its harbor (resulting in rising dredging and construction materials costs), and apparently plans for safely disposing of dredging materials had to be redesigned, which took some time, and which has a domino effect on the rest of the project.
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Old May 7th, 2017, 06:07 AM   #91
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Some renderings of new projects

SAVANNAH RIVER LANDING
Savannah River Landing by brandon walker, on Flickr

Savannah River Landing by brandon walker, on Flickr

HOTEL SAVANNAH
Hotel Savannah-Savannah by brandon walker, on Flickr

Hotel Savannah-Savannah by brandon walker, on Flickr

701,702,703 HOWARD STREET
701,702,703 Howard St-Savannah by brandon walker, on Flickr

BRYSON-HEAD BUILDING
Bryson-Head Building-Savannah by brandon walker, on Flickr

32 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD
32 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd-Savannah by brandon walker, on Flickr

229 WEST CONGRESS
229 West Congress-Savannah by brandon walker, on Flickr
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Old May 13th, 2017, 12:47 AM   #92
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EAST BROAD STREET
A developer is proposing to build a multi-family development that will consist of 20 residential units.
East Broad Street-Savannah by brandon walker, on Flickr

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Old May 28th, 2017, 09:55 PM   #93
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Savannah port would get more money under Trump proposal

May 24, 2017
By Tamar Hallerman and J. Scott Trubey


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The Trump administration proposed sending more federal dollars to Georgia’s top economic development project in its new budget request to Congress. However, the proposal for the Savannah port’s deepening project still falls far below boosters’ original ask of $100 million.

In its request for the 2018 fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, the Trump administration told Congress it would like to set aside some $50 million for ongoing dredging work to deepen the harbor from 42 feet to 47 feet. That’s a 17 percent increase above the amount that lawmakers and the Obama administration agreed to give the project last year, but half of what boosters say is necessary to keep the project on schedule.

Backers of the Savannah port framed the request as a good omen. Many gripe that the federal government has taken too long to fork over its now $640 million share of the project, after the state ponied up its $266 million in seed money several years ago.

“In a budget crafted with many spending reductions, it is extremely reassuring to see that this administration realizes how important this project is not only to our area, but to the entire nation,” said U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, whose 1st congressional district includes the Savannah port.

“Now, I will work diligently with my colleagues to continue this momentum and fight for (the project) as budget discussions continue,” he added.
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Looking through the agenda for the 14 June Historic Review Board meeting, I found these two exciting projects. The first project is the planned hotel on the site of the former Firestone Building on MLK Blvd, it will be a six-story art deco designed hotel. I must say I really like the design for this hotel. The second project is four carriage homes that will be built on Alice Street.

63 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD
63 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd-Savannah by brandon walker, on Flickr

63 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd-Savannah by brandon walker, on Flickr

63 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd-Savannah by brandon walker, on Flickr

ALICE STREET CARRIAGE HOUSES
Alice Street Carriage Houses-Savannah by brandon walker, on Flickr
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Old June 11th, 2017, 03:20 PM   #95
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I LOVE the art deco.
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300-326 WEST BAY STREET
A developer is proposing to replace the current two-story hotel and one story package store on the site with a 4-and-5 story hotel with two levels of subterranean parking
300-326 West Bay Street-Savannah by brandon walker, on Flickr

300-326 West Bay Street-Savannah by brandon walker, on Flickr

300-326 West Bay Street-Savannah by brandon walker, on Flickr
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Milestone in harbor deepening project but actual dredging of Savannah river is still two years away

By JoAnn Merrigan
Published: July 25, 2017, 6:36 pm


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It’s a milestone for SHEP (Savannah Harbor Expansion project) that took about a year to accomplish and at a cost of $6.5 million.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says contractors “raised a dike” in an area just across the river in South Carolina where dredged material (from smaller projects) has been stored. The dike raising increased the height of the containment wall and this new and improved dike is now larger and able to serve as a receptacle for huge amounts of material that will come from the bottom of the river (also known as the inner harbor.)

The Corps says “removal of this material will result in a new channel depth of 47 feet below mean sea level, or 5 feet deeper than its current depth and that SHEP will allow newer, larger cargo vessels to enter and leave the harbor more easily and with heavier loads than currently allowed.”

The dike lays the groundwork for the actual dredging of the river. Work on seven miles of outer harbor near Tybee is now about 60 percent complete.
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More apartments coming to the urban core. These two new projects are from the minutes of the August 9th Historic District Planning meeting.

630 INDIAN STREET
A developer is proposing to build a 7-story, 296-unit apartment building west of Savannah's Historic District.
630 Indian Street-Savannah by brandon walker, on Flickr

630 Indian Street-Savannah by brandon walker, on Flickr

630 Indian Street-Savannah by brandon walker, on Flickr

630 Indian Street-Savannah by brandon walker, on Flickr
701 MONTGOMERY STREET
A developer is proposing to build a 5-story, 76-unit apartment building in the Old West Broad Neighborhood
701 Montgomery-Savannah by brandon walker, on Flickr
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Awesome! Nice to see some more residential coming to the area.
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