City Manager Stephanie Cutter briefly described her vision for the planned arena on Savannah’s westside before a crowd of about 90 residents Tuesday night.
Cutter said she saw the arena as a way to connect the city’s westside to downtown and revitalize the area, during a meeting about the upcoming sales tax referendum at the Temple of Glory Community Church on Stiles Avenue.
“It’s not about one side of town,” she said. “It’s about the entire community.”
But if Cutter was hoping for consensus on the plan, she was out of luck. Sentiment was initially against locating the arena within their neighborhood, until one man drew some applause after voicing his support for the idea.
The discussion took place after a video presentation outlined past sales-tax funded projects such as the Ellis Square restoration and Forsyth Park band shell, along with proposed projects that would be funded if voters extend the 1-percent sales tax this November, including traffic-flow improvements to DeRenne Avenue and land acquisition for business investment.