Broughton St Savannah to get $75 Million Upgrades

Atlanta developer-extraordinaire Ben Carter announced yesterday that he plans a $75 million investment to upgrade the shopping & dining district of Broughton St in Savannah.

 

Although this is 3rd St Promenade in Santa Monica, CA-- this vibrancy would be great.
Although this is 3rd St Promenade in Santa Monica, CA– I believe this vibrancy would be great for Broughton St.
Savannah's Broughton Street today
Savannah’s Broughton Street today

For years, the city and many businesses have struggled to bring the main shopping street of Savannah back after the department stores left downtown for the suburban malls. Now, this may be just what is needed– an injection of major cash and a developer with the experience and contacts with the best retailers in the US and abroad.

Broughton Street today
Broughton Street today

Carter has purchased two key properties and has 22 other properties between Whitaker and Drayton Streets under contract. He plans to properly restore them and lease to stores restaurants and residences. Carter says around 30 companies, mostly national retail brands, have expressed interest in the project. He says he will release more details next week, according to GPB.

According to Savannah Morning News, Carter would like a to create a mixture national and local businesses, upscale and mid-market. “America shops all kinds of price points,” he said.

Preliminary sketches showed wrought-iron planters, additional trees, benches and reconfigured crosswalks. Carter is asking the city to help pay for upgrades to the streetscape.

Personally, I’d like to see a small median overflowing with flowering plants, more ornamental tall street lights like the original ones at Bull & Broughton. Perhaps some cable supported lighting across the street from building to building to add ambiance. The following pictures reflect my ideas, not Carter or the City:

beautiful streetscape under construction in Buckhead, Atlanta
beautiful streetscape under construction in Buckhead, Atlanta
small median with flowers
small median with flowers

 

cool over street lighting in 1910 Charleston
cool over street lighting in 1910 Charleston
an old clock would add nostalgia
an old clock would add nostalgia
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I like the flags for color and median with planters

 

I wonder if the city has ever studied making Broughton a one-way street like the other east-west streets. Then extend Broughton Street to the west all the way to Boundary Street, so all traffic doesn’t have to turn onto MLK.

But we really need a streetcar or lightrail from the Southside and Midtown to the Historic District, so we can reconnect the city, improve the areas south of the Historic District and rely less upon our cars. A light rail could follow the railroad line from Savannah River Landing to Abercorn at 4oth St, then down the center of Abercorn to Oglethorpe Mall. Or see my earlier posts about streetcars in Savannah.

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4 thoughts on “Broughton St Savannah to get $75 Million Upgrades

  1. Oh please forgive that I can not comment on the content of your article, because I do not know the place. But I wanted to tell you that I like the first photo very well. Is it really so that you can stroll there in the open air, and the sky turns a color such as pale pink? Such a magnificent sky one else sees only images from a very dry desert, it’s really a wonderful idea to sit on a bench and watch the sunset.

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