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Arena & Canal District

About the Arena
In November of 2013, voters renewed the existing 1% Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for a six-year period. Included in the SPLOST proposal is up to $120 million for a new arena.

The plan to redevelop the Canal District to the west of West Boundary Street presents an opportunity to create a vibrant new center of activity in Savannah’s core, integrally connected with multi-modal transportation network serving pedestrians, cyclists, automobiles and rail transit.

The presentation below lays out a unified vision utilizing publicly owned assets, such as the historic ornate bridges of the Central of Georgia Railroad and the Ogeechee and Springfield Canal, and significant vacant City-owned property in the area, which would create a system of parks, trails and complete streets to create one of the most memorable parts of Savannah.

Chatham Area Transit has outlined a desire to extend a streetcar network through the Canal District, linking the arena to River Street. Greenways along existing historic canals, and a redeveloped Gwinnett Street would create new pedestrian corridors to the nearby Historic District, which begins at West Boundary Street, less than half a mile away.

Advisory subcommittees
The City formed six advisory subcommittees to assist in this early phase of the arena project. Each subcommittee consists of representatives from the local community as well as City staff members. Subcommittees met regularly to discuss and research topics related to their area of focus. Recommendations in each area were made to the City by the subcommittees at the end of this process. Watch the Council Workshop on the subcommittees' recommendations.

Advisory Committees


All renderings courtesy of Sottile & Sottile Urban Design