SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The impact of a $40 million development in Savannah’s Starland District is starting to be seen.
Fences surround the church on Bull Street as crews prepare to make room for the Starland Village Project. The development promises apartments, a high-tech parking garage, restaurants, and venue space.
Signs of economic growth are all around in the district. It’s something that’s largely welcomed, but there are still concerns that continue to crop up, even as recently as Tuesday night at a neighborhood association meeting for Thomas Square residents.
“Development is difficult, change is hard, but I think people actually do understand that this is a really good thing for our neighborhood. It will allow more people to live here and take a bit of the pressure off of the affordability in the neighborhood as well,” said Clinton Edminster, Thomas Square Neighborhood Association, President.
As the leader of the Thomas Square Neighborhood Association, and as a resident and business owner of the Starland District, Clinton Edminster is keeping in close contact with project developers of the many projects happening in his neighborhood.
“We’ve never seen as much fencing in this neighborhood as we have right now, and for me, it’s very exciting. I’m excited about all these projects, the event venue, some of the restaurants, the new apartments, the commercial spaces. It’s gonna add a lot to the next phase of Starland," said Lisa Doyle, Gypsy World, Owner.
Between SCAD dorms and private developers, Starland will see hundreds of new neighbors over the next five years or so. That’s something some business owners along Bull Street are looking forward to.
“It’s going to grow my business. I just think that we’ll have more and more people in the neighborhood, whether it be locals or the tourists. They’re finding Starland," Doyle said.
Lisa Doyle’s shop has been in this location for five years, and in another five years, she’s expecting the boom in business and population to continue.
“From here all the way going down the Bull Street corridor, business is popping up, I swear weekly," she said.
Protecting the tree canopies, keeping the noise down, and parking are some of the points neighborhood leaders are checking in with developers on regularly, something Thomas Square leaders say is going well so far.