At 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday Dec. 15, City officials will break ground on the new Cultural Arts Center at the corner of MLK and Oglethorpe downtown.
Savannah Mayor Edna B. Jackson, City Manager Stephanie Cutter, and City Aldermen will join with representatives from Gunn Meyerhoff Shay Architects, CHA Consulting, Inc., M.B. Kahn Construction., Inc./The Polote Corporation and City staff.
The project has come under fire for cost overruns and an unusual bid process. The City Manager has said the project might have to be scaled back from the original vision because of the budgeting problems.
"The Cultural Arts Center will be built on a long-vacant lot at Oglethorpe Avenue and Montgomery Street — a key gateway into Savannah with wonderful proximity to Savannah's other major art facilities, such as the Jepson Center for the Arts, the SCAD Museum of Art, and the Johnny Mercer Theater at the Savannah Civic Center," says a City spokesperson.
"The development will also partially restore Elbert Square, one of Savannah's 'lost' squares on Montgomery Street."