Renovation begins on historic pharmacy building

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A part of Savannah's history is getting a facelift.

For at least a century, the Savannah Pharmacy served the city's African-American population. After being vacant for a few years, the city is bringing it back.

The city purchased the pharmacy in 2009 and will spend about $1 million to restore the two-story building.

The city kicked off the restoration project on Wednesday. Once completed, the building will house the city's economic development. It will be office space on a rotating basis to the Savannah Entrepreneurial Center and the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority.

The building dates back to 1907 and is the second oldest African-American owned business in Savannah. The city's idea to honor the past while using programs to help others build successful business plans.

"This is a momentous occasion. We are so happy to have this happen in our city. This is the city's demonstration of reinvestment of our MLK corridor," said Marronde Lumpkin-Lotson, director of economic development.

The building is scheduled to open by mid-2012.

The restoration is part of a larger plan to restore Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

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