City of Savannah looking for community feedback as plans for new arena progress

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The City of Savannah celebrated the groundbreaking of a new multi-million dollar arena Saturday and gave the public a chance to share their thoughts.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV)- The City of Savannah threw a big party today so the community could celebrate the groundbreaking of the new multi-million dollar arena.

The public got the opportunity to share their thoughts on the project.

At the event, you could see crowded collection board of thought on an arena that’s been 20 years in the making.

“Having so much of that stuff come from the community is key, but how much actually gets retained is even more important,” said Dwayne Stephens of Savannah.

Many native Savannhians have seen the city grow, often without much input from them.

“This area is just going to totally transform within the next 10 to 15 to 20 years,” said Bridget Lidy, director of city’s Planning and Urban Design Department. “As that happens, we really need the feedback, to ensure that it meets the community expectations.”

Leaders in charge of the design phase of the project said drainage and flooding issues are among the top concerns for people living in the Carver Village Community.

“We are responding to that by having a meeting in early October, so the community can come out and learn more about the issues relating to the drainage.”

Mayor Eddie Deloach echoed, “like raising the road over here on Gwinnett Street, you know that road has to be raised 8-feet all the way down the because of the flood and all that so we got issues we need to take care of.”

But, Dwayne Stephens is worried about something else; how leaders plan to maintain the authenticity and the history of this place he calls home.

“The culture within the area they establish, they are the draw as to why as a place is desirable,” said Stephens. “So, with that being said, that culture, always there needs to be an effort to make sure that culture is maintained and also enhanced.”

Officials say this feedback phase of the project will last until the end of the year. To share your thoughts, take the Canal District Master Plan online survey at

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