For Immediate ReleaseDate: October 3, 2017
The City of Savannah recently expanded the first phase of the Downtown Streetscape Improvement Initiative to include West Bay Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Warner Street. All members of the community are invited and encouraged to attend the second community meeting:West Bay Streetscape Improvement Initiative – Meeting 2: Ideas & ConceptsTuesday, October 10, 20176 p.m. – 8 p.m. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street, Savannah
The initial Downtown Streetscape Improvement Project area addressed Bay Street from East Broad to MLK. In recognition of West Bay Street as a major gateway into downtown Savannah, the City of Savannah recently added West Bay Street from MLK to Warner Street (base of the viaduct bridge) to the study area.
During this meeting, discussion will include a synopsis of the “Discovery Meeting” to illustrate what we learned from the community. Overall program concepts and ideas for West Bay will be shared for feedback and conversation.
“We continue to receive great participation from the community throughout this process,” said Bridget Lidy, Director, Tourism Management & Ambassadorship Department for the City of Savannah. “Our first meeting for this section of West Bay Street produced a lot of food for thought, and we are excited to follow-up with ideas and concepts for the corridor.”
Building from the earlier work of the Downtown Streetscape Improvement Project, the consultant team led by EDSA is utilizing a similar process in working actively with the community throughout the conceptual design process. Project elements may include the potential for new sidewalks, new landscape, on-street parking, lighting and site furniture. A final community presentation is scheduled for Tuesday, December 19. The City’s website, www.savannahga.gov/streetscape, includes more information and a link to sign up for email updates.
For more information, please contact Bridget Lidy, City of Savannah Tourism Management & Ambassadorship Department at 912-525-3097 or blidy@Savannahga.Gov.
About The Savannah Downtown Streetscape Improvement ProjectIn August 2016, City Council approved a design services contract with diverse team led by EDSA for Phase One of the Downtown Streetscape Improvement Initiative. The services include comprehensive planning, design, pre-construction, construction administration, and closeout services. Improvements for Broughton Street, Bay Street and River Street will be designed and constructed during this project. Future phases will enhance the public realm for corridors in the area from Liberty Street to the Savannah River and from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to E. Broad Street.