National Park Service holds forum to discuss Savannah's Historic District

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The National Park Service held a public forum Thursday to review an independent report about the condition of Savannah's Historic District.

A study was done by New South Associates on the integrity and condition of the district. While the results may be alarming, there is still time to make improvements so Savannah won't lose its historic landmark.

The study documented changes that have occurred in and around the district over the past 50 years, and there has certainly been growth and development happening in the area. The Historic District's greatest challenges are related to the loss of the Savannah Town Plan and large-scale development.

There are four categories the National Historic Landmark can be placed in: Satisfactory, Watch, Threatened, or Emergency. Savannah was suggested for a threatened placement.

"The report findings marks that the mass of the buildings, the density of the construction, as one of the potential circumstances that can decrease the integrity of the district," said Dr. Turkiya Lowe, Chief Historian, National Park Service.

"I think what they've done is they've outlined some suggestions of things we can do and things we should be paying attention to, some points that are important that we should consider," said Nan Taylor, Historic District Board of Review Commission.

If you missed Thursday's meeting, there will be another one Friday from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Metropolitan Planning Commission.

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