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.
An Ohio-based company wants to build a seven-story building on the west end of River Street, the city's popular promenade of restaurants, bars and souvenir shops along the Savannah River. An abandoned 1962 building will have to be demolished to make way for the new hotel, which would cover an entire city block. Some consider it too big.
The monument has been in the planning stages for many years. But it was held up by historic preservation concerns. Now the "long overdue" dedication is coming. Film and TV actor James Cromwell is among the honored guests.