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Savannah Arena Design Concepts to be Unveiled Tuesday

During a meeting on Tuesday, members of the public will get a look at three new Savannah arena design concepts

Officials in the Georgia city are planning a new $140 million arena, with the venue intended as the anchor of the Canal District development project west of downtown Savannah. Perkins+Will was previously tabbed by the city to design the upcoming venue–which is scheduled to open in the summer of 2021–and that process is continuing.

As part of a presentation on Tuesday night, members of the public will get a look at that three potential design concepts for the arena’s exterior–part of the ongoing planning process. This will represent one step in planning the facility, as the final design concept will have to be approved down the road by the Savannah City Council. More from the Savannah Morning News:

On Tuesday night, the public will get the opportunity to offer their opinion on what the design firm has in mind. Perkins+Will will present their three concepts of the arena’s exterior to determine what features residents would like to see incorporated into the final design.

“The final concept that we develop may have elements of all three concepts in it,” [executive director of arena development Pete] Shonka said. “So those elements that people like and those elements people really don’t like, we need that kind of feedback, too.”

Once the public input is considered, the final design will be presented to the Savannah City Council for approval in the coming months.

The arena has been pitched as a more modern event space in comparison to Savannah’s aging Civic Center, as well a key feature in a broader development project could better connect the area surrounding the venue to downtown Savannah. Construction is slated to begin in 2019.

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