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Ben Carter Enterprises reveals new details on Broughton Street project


Ben Carter has exclusively revealed new details and designs to WTOC for the new H&M Retail store on West Broughton Street.

The project has had its share of snags. Not only were there issues and a subsequent lawsuit about tearing the building down, but board members had an issue with the height in the original design. The suit has since been dropped and Carter said he has gone back to the drawing board and now has a design he believes will please everyone.

Members of the Historic Review Board of the Metropolitan Planning Commission voiced concerns that the original plan made the building too tall to fit in with the historic look of Broughton Street.

On Thursday, Carter said his new design has adjusted the height of the building. It will still be a four level building, with H&M occupying the first three floors and residential space occupying the fourth floor.  But what Carter has done is adjusted the ceiling height of the fourth floor so it still looks like a three story building.

"Hopefully that will be acceptable," said Carter. "And early indications are that staff likes out modifications. I think HSF saw what we presented to staff and liked it as well."

The new construction plans will be presented before the MPC's Historic Review Board at a September 10 meeting.

It is already known that H&M will be part of Ben Carter Enterprises' Broughton Street Project, but Carter said they have already signed a lease with a gourmet store out of Florida called Ancient Olive, which makes olive oil based products.

Carter said they have also secured a lease with L'Occitane, a French cosmetic store, to occupy the old eye glass shop, and next week he expects to sign a lease with Tommy Bahama's to occupy the space Goodwill is in now.

Carter is also communicating with people from the Cheesecake Factory, so who knows what else is in store for downtown Savannah.

Carter has secured 37 buildings along Broughton Street to renovate, and Carter has confirmed that one of those is the Mason Furniture Building. Carter is in the process of buying that building, and Mason Furniture is in the process of moving to Thunderbolt.

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