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Old 05-11-2011, 03:38 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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This thing still has a long ways to go before it becomes reality, but at least we now have an idea of what it's going to look like across the river. With 500 rooms I was hoping it would be taller -- as designed it's just 11 floors, much shorter than the 18-story Westin next door. Oh well.

Detailed story with link to the development proposal, etc is below.






Stephens intervenes in Hutchinson hotel debate | savannahnow.com
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Old 05-11-2011, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I suppose it sort of reflects the architecture on the other side of the river, but barely. They have a choice to go one of two ways. Either a bright and innovative reflection of the surrounding architecture or a design which will blend into the surrounding architecture. I do not find the design to be a good example of either.
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Old 05-11-2011, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Metro Atlanta & Savannah, GA - Corpus Christi, TX
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Not the worst building I've ever seen, however, this hotel SHOULD BE MORE THAN it is! Especially if the government is getting involved with a project like this (as the Westin did 10+ years ago) it needs to be A: TALLER than the Westin. B: Not JUST a hotel development, but an entertainment district built at the same time C: Build that swinging pedestrian bridge across the river connecting downtown so there is ACCESSIBILITY. Bill Dawers of the Savannah Morning News had that idea and it's a great one. (He writes the City talk column in the business exchange section for those who don't know)

I'm so tired of these ambitious plans the planners have when they first start talking about the project ending up falling far short of what the original plan was... (too much planning in there, heh) Either full speed ahead or nothing at all if you know what I mean.
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Old 05-11-2011, 10:51 AM
 
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Now about that swinging pededtrian bridge..... Would it have to be retracted in some way when a cargo ship needed to go upriver? If so, what would you do if there was someone on the bridge?
I can't even dream of a swinging pedestrian bridge that would be higher than the Talmadge bridge. I get sea sick just thinking about walking across an unsteady bridge of any height for the distance across the river.

The plans look fairly good to me. I think we need it. Whether or not the building should be taller seems uninportant. However, I can't help but wonder how much weight an island like Hutchinson could sustain without the sandy soil spreading out. It's a long, long way down to solid rock.
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Old 05-11-2011, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Sunny South Florida
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A pedestrian bridge over the river? I hope someone can explain how that could work, because at the moment I'm having flashbacks to that awful Irwin Allen movie When Time Ran Out, when the star-studded cast had to cross a crumbling rope bridge that was suspended over a river of molten lava. Boards kept falling out, people tumbling into the lava...Burgess Meredith walking a tightrope with a kid on his back....and if the same people who built the crumbling, tumbling riverwalk extension were to build the bridge, it will make for quite an interesting tourist season.
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Old 05-11-2011, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Metro Atlanta & Savannah, GA - Corpus Christi, TX
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Here is a link to the article he mentioned the bridge in...

It's unclear who would win/lose with new hotel on Hutchinson Island | savannahnow.com

Puente de la Mujer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Also a link to the bridge he was talking about. It explains how it would open when ships come to pass.
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Old 05-12-2011, 07:56 AM
 
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That sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen (the bridge, that is).
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Metro Atlanta & Savannah, GA - Corpus Christi, TX
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Alright then, are there any other proposals on how to safely, promptly get people to and from downtown Savannah to Hutchinson Island?? (a ferry takes time and who wants to leave their much prized parking spot downtown to drive across the bridge?)
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Old 05-12-2011, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Well, all I know is there has to be a better way to get over to River St. than those stupid ferry boats. They are fine on a weekday, but try to get back and forth on a holiday or weekend and they are woefully overcrowded. If they bought a few more of them, it would be better.
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Old 06-27-2011, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Savannah, Georgia
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It would be cool, but completely unrealistic, if the Truman didn't end at President Street, but went a little west (coming in closer to downtown) and then (here is the expensive part) jump north across the river, at the same height as Talmage, and then becomes a East-West highway across the island, ending at US 17. Just imagine it, because that will never happen.

Also the pedestrian bridge sounds tight.
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