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City Council to review pharmacy plans

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Alderman Van Johnson Alderman Van Johnson

The city of Savannah is dealing with some issues related to the long-awaited renovation of a landmark in the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard corridor - the old Savannah pharmacy.

City leaders were hoping to get briefed on the renovation situation Thursday, but it didn't happen.  

With a shortened workshop, they pushed the Savannah pharmacy issue off for two weeks to give them more quality time to go over what is going on with the building.

The site is of the one of the longest running African-American businesses in Savannah. The building is now owned by the city. It was set to be renovated more than two years ago. But some serious structural issues have emerged. 

The city had wanted to renovate it and turn it into an economic development office and office for non-profit agencies. But the renovation plans have taken complicated turn as far as building codes go. 

 "We have to make sure it fits current code in order to do construction necessary in order to reuse it for current use. So right now I understand there are some issues may prevent us from doing that at this time," said Savannah Alderman Van Johnson. 

Those issues involve re-enforcing the building to modern building codes could cost extra money. The City Council will have to take a close look at how to proceed.

Is it worth it? Johnson said he thinks so, but in two weeks other City Council members will weigh in.  

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