South Lake Union Redevelopment – ULI Americas Awards for Excellence Finalist
Learn more about 2021 ULI Americas Awards for Excellence Finalist, South Lake Union Redevelopment (Seattle, WA).
May 4, 2021
Location: Savannah, GA, USA
Developers: Plant Riverside District, LLC; The Kessler Collection
Designers: Sottile & Sottile; John T. Campo & Associates, Inc.; PFVS Architecture; Thomas + Hutton Engineering
Site Size: 4.5 Acres
Savannah’s Plant Riverside District is the result of an extensive eight-year process, resulting in the comprehensive restoration of a landmark historic site, a quarter-mile extension of the city’s renowned river walk, creation of significant new public spaces, and compatible mixed-use infill at varying scales. It is a “mega-project” composed of numerous “micro-projects.” The result is a hub of vibrant urbanism redefining west River Street, integrally connected to Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District and the Savannah River.
Plant Riverside District anchors the northwest corner of Savannah’s historic urban core on a 4.5 acre formerly industrial site spanning more than 4 city blocks. The centerpiece is the historic Power Plant, constructed in phases between 1912 and 1953. The project has created a dynamic mixed-use district with a focus on dining, music, retail, education and hospitality, woven into the city as an extension of the renowned Oglethorpe Plan, and home to the city’s first and only monument to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plant Riverside connects key rights-of-way from the oldest wards of the city to the riverfront, re-establishing public access that had been lost for over 100 years.
The historic district hosts approximately 14 million visitors annually. Plant Riverside includes over 670,000 square feet of new mixed-use space including the historic power plant and twelve new buildings, 1.5 acres of new parks, plazas and public spaces, and 1,100 linear feet of new public river walk; creating the most significant expansion of Savannah’s urban core in modern history.
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