Savannah residents push for new arena in their neighborhood

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Savannah residents hope a new arena planned for the city will spur development in their neighborhood.

The Savannah Morning News reports that some of about 90 residents at a recent town hall meeting on the $100-million-plus project expressed their desire for the city to follow through with plans to build the arena in their community.

Savannah Alderman Van Johnson pledged his commitment to supporting plans for the arena northeast of Gwinnett Street and Stiles Avenue in Carver Heights.

Johnson said the investment is needed for the community, which has been historically neglected and cut off from downtown by industrial development.

The Savannah newspaper reports that a $176,000 arena study by Barrett Sports Group is close to completion and expected to be presented to the mayor and alderman May 12.

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