SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Savannah Mayor Van Johnson provided an update on the new Savannah Arena site on Tuesday.
Mayor Johnson says the project is beginning vertical construction. He says for a while you couldn’t see much happening on the outside, but a lot was happening on the inside.
According to Savannah Mayor Van Johnson, there will be roughly five times more workers at the site by the end of next year. The Mayor says the focus will continue to be on including as many local and minority-owned businesses and workers as possible.
“The Council and I have made it abundantly clear that we recognize this project to be more of a building to host events. But this is a transformative project that will invigorate this local community and bridge the invisible gap that has existed for years between the west side and and the downtown core,” Mayor Johnson said.
He says to have a great structure you have to have great infrastructure underground. He says it’s important for citizens to watch this project rise from the ground.
“To see people who live in this community, who live in the city of Savannah, businesses that operate here to all have a part in building this. I’ve said many times before to see a man bring his son here and say I helped build that to me is the crowning achievement of a community is people saying I had a hand in building this,” Mayor Johnson said.
Mayor Johnson also says he’s happy this project is going to end on his watch. Crews first broke ground at the site last year.