The sale of a former Georgia Power plant to a boutique hotel owner is another sign of economic recovery in Savannah. Orlando-based developer Richard Kessler this week bought the former industrial building on the city's historic waterfront. A historic preservationist says he's optimistic about what can become of the site in part because of Kessler's track record for historically-appropriate development and the building's location.
Chatham County officials have decided to raze one of downtown Savannah's biggest eyesores. For decades, an old jail has looked out-of-place in the city's famed, tourism-generating Historic District. The 1970's building long outlasted its usefulness as inmates have been moved to a newer facility miles from downtown.
Big changes are coming to Savannah’s River Street, the waterfront heart of the city's tourism empire. Over the next few years, the street is expected to get two-new hotels and a first-ever restaurant on the actual river-bank. But that's just the beginning.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is placing Charleston on a first-of-its-kind "Watch List" because of cruise ship tourism. The Trust says, Charleston could harm its historic character if it doesn't consider how cruise tourism changes a city's society and culture. Savannah wants to follow Charleston in luring cruise lines.