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10/14/04

Underground Parking to Replace Garage

If everything goes according to plan, there will be some major changes in Savannah's City Market. Today, City Council members decided to support a proposal to tear down the City Market parking garage, add 700-plus parking spots underground, and restore historic Ellis Square above ground.

But that's not all. A private company will help pay for the work. The same company is buying the Savannah Morning News building on Bay Street and turning it into a first-class hotel, which will overlook Ellis Square.

"They'll put a first-class building there and open entrances to Bay Street and River Street," said assistant city manager Chris Morrill. "When we take down the garage, probably one of the most disliked buildings in Savannah, we will connect Johnson, Telfair, Franklin and Ellis Squares again and get rid of that big box sitting there."

The city plans to break ground on the project and start building the new underground parking lot in March. They hope to have the entire project completed in two years.

Reported by: Kim Angelastro, kangelastro@wtoc.com

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