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Savannah to spend $200,000 on civic center renovations

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In need of renovations, Savannah City Council approving close to $200,000 in repairs Thursday for the Savannah Civic Center. 

The question is how much longer will the civic center be in use, as the city continues to pursue it's idea of a brand new arena?

A study is about to begin to help identify which of four possible locations in Savannah would be the best for a new arena. The four sites include a plot of land on Savannah's West side, the Savannah River Landings off President St., a chunk of land between Yamacraw Village and Fahm St./W River St. and the final option is to build it where the current Savannah Civic Center is now.

First things first, the city says the Savannah Civic Center needs to renovations and repairs right now to continue to meet safety codes. $13,000 will be used to target renovations in the concourses of the arena, which take visitors to concession stands and restrooms.  Another $180,000 will be used for renovations in the main lobby of the civic center outside the Johnny Mercer Theater, as well as restroom updates and remodeling.

Whether a new arena becomes reality or not, the civic center, at least part of it, will still be used in some capacity. 

"The lobby restrooms will always be there for the theater and the plan was never to get rid of the Johnny Mercer Theater. Of course we have to keep that building for the theater in good condition," Marty Johnston, City of Savannah, told WTOC.

The study for deciding which possible new arena sites works best, including traffic flow and environmental research, is being drawn up by consultants and could begin in the next few months.

The results of the study will be delivered, along with a recommendation for the best site, and voted on by Savannah City Council, possibly, by the fall.

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