Old Newspaper Building to Be Hotel-Condo Complex

The face of downtown Savannah will go through a major change, starting in the next few months. The old Savannah Morning News building and area surrounding it will become a luxury 150-room hotel-condominium complex and office space.

High-end retail shops will also be located throughout the buildings.

The plans were officially announced this afternoon. The plan is intended to complement the redevelopment of Ellis Square, where new development will sit atop an underground parking garage.

Ray Michaels of Batson-Cook Development said, "The whole idea was to take multiple uses and integrate them, into the whole block so that they all work together. The residential will benefit from the hotel, the hotel will benefit from the retail, obviously having office building next to the hotel and retail shops is a great opportunity."

Construction will begin in the fall and should be complete in the summer of 2007.

Reported by: Kim Angelastro, kangelastro@wtoc.com