June 9, 2016
Mayor Eddie DeLoach
City Manager Stephanie Cutter
Aldermen of the City of Savannah
P.O. Box 1027
Savannah, GA 31402
The Honorable Mayor DeLoach, City Manager Cutter, and Aldermen:
On behalf of the Board of Directors and Advisors of the Savannah Downtown Neighborhood Association,
The Economic Impact Committee of the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Savannah, GA Inc. unanimously offers the following recommendation for your consideration:
We recommend that for financial and neighborhood reasons, the new Arena should NOT constructed on the current civic center land.
Having a large new arena in the Landmark Historic District would create additional congestion, parking, and noise issues for the neighborhood.
Making this land available for private housing development would gain the city considerable funds immediately from the sale and in the long run from property tax revenue.
The DNA supports the creation of mixed use housing and retail endeavors on the present civic center property.
Reinstating the grid wherever it has been altered should be a priority going forward.
Beyond the direct economic impact of returning the grid to the original Oglethorpe Plan, there is an incomparable historic value that draws people to our beautiful city.
The Downtown Neighborhood Association of Savannah, GA Inc. asks that the continued study include the above considerations.
Melinda D. Allen
President, Savannah Downtown Neighborhood Association