Property Deals To Improve Service, Quality Of Life

Recently, The Savannah City Council approved two major property transfers that will improve customer service and quality of life in Savannah.

Council passed a resolution to acquire the former administrative offices of the Catholic Diocese of Savannah at 601 E. Liberty St. for $3.5 million. The building contains 26,400 square feet of space, as well as 47 on-site parking spaces and land for another 100 parking spaces, or more if a garage is developed.

Plans are to sell the City’s Broughton Municipal Building, located at Broughton and Abercorn streets, and move those services to the Liberty Street location. Doing so will increase public access to these services, better position staff, and return the prime Broughton Street location to City tax rolls, increasing revenue.

Council also passed a resolution authorizing City Manager Stephanie Cutter to enter into a contract to sell a City-owned shopping center at 37th Street and Waters Avenue for $1.7 million. The buyer, Twin Rivers Capital LLC, plans to redevelop the site and nearby parcels into a neighborhood grocery store, pharmacy, gas station and community meeting space.

Through multiple community meetings as part of the Waters Avenue Revitalization process, neighborhood stakeholders expressed a desire for a grocery store along the corridor. The City had initially acquired the property because it saw the large parcel as central to any Waters Avenue revitalization efforts. The City had continuously worked with numerous potential buyers through the years until it could come to terms on a deal that neighborhood residents and business owners could support.

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