Savannah leaders to hold community meetings on future of fairgrounds

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – City leaders have scheduled two community meetings to discuss the future of the 67-acre former fairgrounds in Savannah.

Mayor Van Johnson and District 5 Alderwoman and Mayor Pro Tem Dr. Estella Shabazz will host the open house-style meetings. Residents will have the chance to hear from three development teams about their proposals and ask questions or provide feedback.

The meetings will be held Tuesday, July 13, at the Liberty City Community Center (1401 Mills B. Lane Blvd.) and Wednesday, July 14, at the Savannah Civic Center (301 W Oglethorpe Avenue). Both are scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and residents can drop in at any time.

The first open house was originally scheduled to take place at the fairgrounds.

Council had voted to move forward with three different proposals for the space: a housing complex with commercial spaces, a sports complex and a movie studio.

Earlier this year, it looked like plans may have gone back to square one. City officials were questioning the legality of the three proposals for the development of the property.

The former city manager said they were not done properly, according to state regulations.

“Now it is time — from all of the years and years and years of me fighting and representing the 5th District — is for people to come…so that they can see what the proposals are proposing,” said Shabazz.

The proposals will be presented to Savannah City Council on Thursday, July 15, according to the city.

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