In the 4th quarter of 2014, the City of Savannah launched the Downtown Streetscape Initiative. The project builds on previous planning efforts to revitalize downtown Savannah and create an environment that contributes to its livability and the economic vitality of the community. The boundaries of the program run from Liberty Street to the Savannah River and from Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to E. Broad Street. The first phase of the project will focus on Broughton, River and the northern portions of Montgomery Street and MLK.
As part of this process, the City hosted a workshop to roll out the project and engage the community on concepts for the first area of focus—Broughton Street. Discussion focused on the character of the buildings, the space between them, ground surfaces, landscaping and vegetation, walls, fences and furnishings that enrich the public space. Through a series of work stations, the public provided comments on design ideas and concepts for Broughton Street. Download the hand-out from that meeting.
During the first quarter of 2015, there were additional opportunities for comments from citizens through the City’s website. The input received from this process will assist the City in looking comprehensively at a project area and incorporate new ideas to improve downtown. Public comments on Broughton Street can be viewed in these two documents:
In June, the Downtown Streetscape Initiative was presented to City Council with favorable comments. Download the presentation.
The City will continue to move forward with this project. Similar public work sessions will be scheduled as needed based on future corridors being improved by the City. Meetings will provide an opportunity for citizens to learn more about the Downtown Streetscape Initiative as well as the specific elements of the corridor being examined. Following the presentation, participants will be invited to provide input at several stations where the elements will be highlighted. Following the public engagement, staff will review and discuss the feedback received and make modifications to the concepts. If further input needs to be obtained to refine a recommendation, additional meetings will be convened. Final recommendations from staff will be submitted to the City Manager for consideration.
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City of Savannah released a RFSQ for the Downtown Streetscape Initiative for statements of qualification from design-build teams. Once a list of qualified teams is approved, the RFP will be released.