Thursday, June 6, 2019

City Council approves demolition, redevelopment of Civic Center site

Posted By on Thu, Jun 6, 2019 at 3:24 PM

In a quick and comparatively quiet vote, Savannah City Council was unanimous today in accepting the Urban Land Institute's recommendations for the existing Civic Center site downtown.

If fully implemented, the entire complex, including the Johnny Mercer Theatre, is to be torn down for mixed-used development.

A key portion of the plan is to restore the area to return the square and street pattern to the original Oglethorpe Plan, with height limits.

See the full recommendations here.

In other business:

— Alderman Tony Thomas refused to sign the new City Ethics Ordinance, passage of which must be unanimous for Savannah to be recognized by Georgia Municipal Association as a City of Ethics.

Thomas said, "I cannot honestly sign off on an ethics ordinance knowing that some members of council" have not conformed to the requirements.

However, the vote was still taken, with Thomas the only dissenting vote.

— The Fox & Fig Cafe on Troup Square was granted a beer license, in addition to wine. The wine-only license was probably the only license of its type in Savannah, the restaurant's attorney said.

— The Price Street Bike Lane will get the same high-visibility paint treatment as the Lincoln Street Bike Lane, to cut down on motorist confusion. 

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