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Savannah Moves Forward with Arena Plan

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Savannah, GA officials are moving forward with discussions of a proposed arena, following an important vote on Thursday. 

Savannah has been discussing the possibility of constructing a brand new arena as part of a larger project. The arena, along with an adjacent 55-acre park, is proposed to be constructed as part of city’s planned Canal District, with a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) covering a major piece of the financing.

The site slated for the arena and adjacent park is located at the corner of Gwinnett Street and Stiles Avenue, which is currently occupied by a city public works complex. Building the arena at that location will require moving the facility, and on Thursday the Savannah City Council took a step in that process by approving a design contract for the relocated public works operation. More from WTOC:

Approving the design contract paves the way for the widening the rebuilding of West Gwinnett Street.

“People have just been waiting for some tangible proof, that we are going to get an arena sometime in our lifetime. This is the first step in that process I am excited about it, I am looking forward to it. I know residents are looking forward to the monstrosity of the city lot being removed from their front door,” said District 1 Alderman Van Johnson.

Savannah officials have estimated that the arena could be built by 2021.

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