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Neighbors Discuss Proposed New Arena Site

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Residents are showing mixed reaction to a proposed new arena that could be coming to their neighborhood. 

 Savannah city leaders chose the location Thursday night.  If they build it, it will be put on Gwinnett street and replace the facility that's there now which is called "The City Lot".  The City Lot is a hub for Savannah city services like sanitation. 

Olivia Gaines lives just around the corner from there on Cornwall Street.  She says her neighborhood could use some more excitement, and putting the new arena at the end of her street would certainly liven things up.

"I love it. I think it's an excellent idea and it would bring more revenue to the area and the much needed jobs that Savannah needs. And plus, more concerts. Everybody loves concerts."

But District One Alderman Van Johnson says not everyone is so excited.


"A lot of people are apprehensive about the changes associated with it.  Of course it would be a huge, major construction project," said Alderman Johnson.  "Obviously there are going to be some major traffic concerns that are going to have to be worked out, and I'm hoping we'll be able to work those out as we move along."


If city leaders do build the new arena, the question becomes, what will they do with the old one on Montgomery Street?  Alderman Johnson says it will go to good use.  One idea of his is to make it an ice skating rink. 



To build the arena, citizens will need to pass the Splost tax in the November election.  City leaders say the arena is priority one.  More than half the total funds in Splost would go towards the project.  


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