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Old 06-28-2011, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Savannah, Georgia
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The only high-rise in Midtown is Stillwell Towers, which isn't a hotel, but a housing project for the disabled
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Old 06-28-2011, 04:05 PM
 
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The only high-rise in Midtown is Stillwell Towers, which isn't a hotel, but a housing project for the disabled
...which has been there for decades and probably needs to be demolished and rebuilt as something a lot nicer, but you must be forgetting the hotels across from Twelve Oaks on Abercorn that are mid-rise and built within the past five years. Not impressive, but not low density either.
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Old 06-29-2011, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Savannah, Georgia
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Ohh, yeah, but thats on the southside, but every Savannahian defines that differently. But Stillwell looks so decaying, they should keep it just as it is, except open it up for regular apartments and fix the fire hazards. I used to deliver pizzas for costanzo's, which is across Waters.....but anyways, the elevators are padded inside like an insane asylum. But its 20 stories tall and i think those hotels next to Fresh Market are only ten.
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Old 06-29-2011, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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If I'm not mistaken, Stillwell Towers is the tallest building in Savannah. It sure looks taller because it stands all by itself out there by the hospitals (which only top out at 5-6 floors BTW). Funny, but two of the tallest buildings downtown are also apartments for the disabled / elderly: Chatham Towers on Abercorn and the Rose of Sharon on Whitefield Square. There used to be another public housing high-rise right next to the Truman Parkway at Wheaton Street but it was demolished about 5 years ago.

I am still hoping that the new 500-room convention hotel planned for Hutchinson (next to the trade center) comes in taller than the 12-stories shown in the first artists schematics. It would be a real shame to waste an opportunity to build something super tall on that side of the river. Imagine the great views of the Historic District!
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Old 06-29-2011, 05:24 PM
 
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If I'm not mistaken, Stillwell Towers is the tallest building in Savannah. It sure looks taller because it stands all by itself out there by the hospitals (which only top out at 5-6 floors BTW). Funny, but two of the tallest buildings downtown are also apartments for the disabled / elderly: Chatham Towers on Abercorn and the Rose of Sharon on Whitefield Square. There used to be another public housing high-rise right next to the Truman Parkway at Wheaton Street but it was demolished about 5 years ago.

I am still hoping that the new 500-room convention hotel planned for Hutchinson (next to the trade center) comes in taller than the 12-stories shown in the first artists schematics. It would be a real shame to waste an opportunity to build something super tall on that side of the river. Imagine the great views of the Historic District!
I agree. I hope that the new hotel being planned comes in at a MINIMUM of 12 stories. Wasn't it originally suppose to be taller than the Westin anyway?

BTW, the tallest building in Savannah is the, well, it used to be called the First Union Bank building, but of course, First Union doesn't exist anymore so I don't remember the current name, but that building is on Bull Street fronting Johnson Square aka "Bank Square". I believe the next tallest is either the Westin or Hilton, then there is that ugly tower on Waters Ave. Anyway, that building is ugly and I stand by what I said earlier. Hopefully it will either be renovated or demolished and something built to replace it. Of course, if and when it is demolished, whatever replaces it won't be as tall due to newer ordinances unfortunately. On the other hand, that building sticks out at that height at that location anyway. Not sure that area could ever be midtown's highrise district either considering what's around it. Who knows.
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Old 06-30-2011, 11:05 AM
 
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Is there some reason that we should have high rise buildings?
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Old 06-30-2011, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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Outside of the Historic District, is there some reason we should NOT be like a normal city and have high-rise (or even mid-rise) buildings? (NOTE: Hutchinson Island is NOT the Historic District.)
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Old 06-30-2011, 07:41 PM
 
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Savannah as a "normal" city?
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Old 06-30-2011, 10:57 PM
 
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Although I'm sure I would never want Savannah to be a "normal" city (what exactly IS a normal city anyway?), high density buildings can be more economical and aesthetically pleasing to the eye (depending on the design of the building of course!). When I say economical, I mean you take up less space with more in a vertical building versus a one or two story building. Especially when it comes to residential. Anyway, I'm sure Newsboy can help me out with this further.
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