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  • Wednesday, November 09, 2016 5:33 PM | Anonymous

    This year we streamlined the Board of Directors to include 16 distinct working positions, as well as selecting four areas of expertise where we have appointed Advisors. There will be numerous zoning and other ordinance revisions that will be addressed in 2017 as well.  The DNA welcomes Bob Rosenwald to the Board of Directors as our Government Liaison and the chair of our Zoning Oversight committee.

  • Wednesday, November 02, 2016 8:39 AM | Anonymous

    The Downtown Neighborhood Association invites members to join us for our November Membership Meeting on Wednesday, November 16 at the Coastal Georgia Center. The topic will be "What's New in District Two" and will be a Q&A session with City of Savannah Department leadership and our Alderman Bill Durrence as well as Public Information Director Bret Bell. 

    Members may come with their questions or may submit via email to communications@SavannahDNA .org.

    5:30 p.m. DNA's Social Hour
    6:15 p.m. Meeting begins
    RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP FOR 2017 ONLINE AT SAVANNAHDNA.ORG or you can renew at the door.

  • Sunday, October 30, 2016 9:58 AM | Anonymous

    From: Kasey Suddath <kSuddath@Savannahga.Gov>
    Date: Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 6:02 AM
    To: <communications@savannahdna.org>
    Cc: Torrance Garvin <TGarvin@Savannahga.Gov>
    Subject: Part 1 Crimes

    Here are the crimes which are pertinent to your area for last night.


    Shooting in the area of MLK and River St.


    Robbery by Force in the area of the Doubletree on MLK/Bay


    Cutting in the area of Congress/City Market


    Damage to property – a window was busted in a vehicle


    Sgt Suddath

  • Tuesday, October 25, 2016 4:02 PM | Anonymous

    Road Closures Ahead! View in browser

    2016 Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah – Road Closure Reminder

    We thank Savannah and Chatham County residents, businesses and communities for sharing your city with us over the years - opening your doors, hearts and even roads. We offer you our thoughts, hugs, smiles and support as you rebuild your communities after weathering the storm. #SavannahStrong

    This is a friendly reminder that the Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon and ½ Marathon and Sunday 5k is coming up on November 5 & 6. Informational door hangers will be distributed to residents, businesses and organizations along the route this week. Click on the links below to see how the race course and road closures may affect you. Please share this information with residents, neighborhood groups and business associations in your area. To help navigate around road closures on race day, download the Waze app to your smart phone!

    Saturday Course Map

    Sunday 5k Course Map

    Road Closures

    No Parking Information

    Interactive course map

    Waze Navigation App

    Visit our website for additional road closure and access information. Please contact us with any questions, comments or concerns.

    Thank you,

    Community Relations Department

    Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon and ½ Marathon

    November 5-6, 2016


  • Tuesday, October 25, 2016 4:01 PM | Anonymous

    The annual Concourse d’Elegance/Savannah Speed Classic will be held this weekend. On Thursday, October 27 race cars will be test driving their vehicles on Hutchinson Island. They will then proceed to City Market at 4 p.m. where vehicles will be displayed through 9:00 p.m.

    On Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 30, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., the event will be taking place on Hutchinson Island.

    Please note, downtown residents and businesses may experience noise from the engines during these times. The City is working with the event organizers to ensure engine noise is limited to the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and not before 9:00 a.m. on Sunday. Additionally, a quiet time has been established for Sunday, October 25, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    If you have any concerns, please contact the event organizers at 843-785-7469 (ext. 4).

  • Wednesday, October 19, 2016 7:00 PM | Anonymous


    Chatham County has been approved for Individual Assistance by FEMA. The process is TOTALLY run by FEMA. So, do NOT call Chatham County. Call 1-800-621-3362 or visit www.disasterassistance.gov to apply for FEMA Aid.

    FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) Specialists are already in the area and will be in neighborhoods beginning the IA process. These are not the full IA Teams, but an advance team.

  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016 9:50 PM | Anonymous

    Road Closure Brochures: The Road Closure Brochure will be delivered, as in years past, to all residences and businesses along the route during the last week of October. Please be on the lookout for these as they have helpful information regarding street closures and general event info. It will also include a special notice for the downtown residents. 

    No Parking Notices: For anyone parked on any of the closed streets, they will need to move their vehicle prior to road closures early Saturday morning. No Parking courtesy notices will be distributed on Saturday, October 29th to all parked cars on these streets. In addition, no-parking signs will be posted throughout the course beginning on Wednesday 10/2. 

    Alternate Parking: For anyone in the downtown areas whose on-street parking or driveways will be impacted by the race (particularly along Harris and Charlton Streets and the area between those), we have secured alternate parking spots in the Liberty St. garage for their use (across from the Civic Center). We have parking passes for this and anyone wishing to park in the garage will have to have a pass to do so. This free parking option will be available beginning on Friday, November 4th at 4:00pm and will end on Saturday, November 5th at 4:00pm. 

    Access In and Out of Downtown: In addition to using any open streets to enter or leave the area, there will also be an access lane on E. Broad St. going southbound only from Oglethorpe Ave. to Gaston St. Traffic will be directed to go south on E. Broad and west on Gaston St. to leave the area. 

    Bands/Noise Concerns: We have informed the person in charge of booking talent to please be considerate of which type of performers are placed in the downtown area (ideally it will be more quiet/calm variety) as to not disturb the residents with very loud music, especially since the runners will go through downtown earlier in the day. 

    Trash Pickup: Another concern you mentioned on behalf of the DNA folks is trash in the area. We do have street sweepers coming through immediately after the runners and tail vehicles to clean up the course. It is our hope, and our experience from years past, that they do a great job of cleaning up the streets and that there should be no litter or trash left behind. 

    Please visit the website to view the course map, road closure grid and no-parking grid. Also, attached to this email is the alternate access notice for the downtown area. Please distribute this information as needed and direct folks to the website for further information. 

    I hope I have covered all concerns and issues for your folks; please always feel free to call or email me with anything else that arises or anything at all I can help with. I truly understand the possible inconveniences this event may bring to the downtown area but I also hope we have alleviated those as best we can and that the residents of downtown Savannah find this to be as enjoyable and enriching for our community as it has been for the past 5 years. Please let me know if there is anything else you need!

    I look forward to hearing from you soon! 

    Amanda Wilder
    Community Relations Coordinator

    Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Marathon and 1/2 Marathon


  • Tuesday, September 27, 2016 8:55 PM | Anonymous

    September 27, 2016

    Mayor Eddie DeLoach
    City Manager Stephanie Cutter 
    Aldermen of the City of Savannah

    Re: Item 8. Large-Scale Development (MPC File No. 16-004072-ZA)

    The Honorable Mayor DeLoach, City Manager Cutter, and Aldermen:

    On behalf of the Board of Directors and Advisors of the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Savannah, GA Inc. (DNA), I am writing to express in the strongest possible terms, our opposition to the Zoning Administrator’s recent interpretation that the RIP-D zone falls into the classification of “All Other Zoning Districts” for the proposed hotel project at 607 Drayton Street; thereby enabling eligibility of a bonus floor

    We urge you to reject the petitioner’s request for a bonus floor for this project on the grounds of incompatibility with both RIP-D and the Historic Landmark District’s height map. This would set a dangerous precedent for other RIP properties seeking conversion to RIP-D for the purpose of evading the height map.  We believe the Zoning Administrator’s decision to be a mistake for Savannah, and point out the call for such an interpretation and the many requests for zoning variances highlight the need to place an urgent, full-court press to complete the long-awaited New ZO. DNA stands ready to work with all parties to expedite completion of at least the Historic Landmark District portion of the New ZO as soon as possible. 

    We believe the Zoning Administrator’s interpretation represents a new, creative twist to the increasingly prevalent and unfortunate “zoning-by-variance” habit in the Historic Landmark District that has, in our view, resulted in the systematic dismantling of zoning ordinances specifically designed to protect the historic integrity of the Historic Landmark District, for tourists and residents alike. This time, instead of having to rule on a height variance request originally sought by petitioner under the provisions of RIP-D, the Zoning Administrator’s interpretation of Savannah’s zoning ordinance obviated the need for such a variance request by declaring the provisions of the RIP-D zoning classification null and void for this property – thereby inviting a bonus floor.

    The steady drip-drip of zoning variance approvals – and now this creative interpretation – allows increasing numbers of inconsistent and out-of-scale projects to proliferate in the architecturally fragile Historic Landmark District, and emboldens prospective developers to shoot-for-the moon when submitting Historic Landmark District design projects to Savannah authorities for approval. 

    If we are to have a chance to maintain the unique character and integrity of the Historic Landmark District as the zoning ordinances intend, Savannah must begin to enforce the zoning rules on the books for everyone.  Variances should be the rare exception rather than the rule.

    Thank you,

     Melinda D. Allen
    President, Savannah Downtown Neighborhood Association

  • Tuesday, September 27, 2016 8:06 PM | Anonymous

    September 27, 2016

    Mayor Eddie DeLoach
    City Manager Stephanie Cutter 
    Aldermen of the City of Savannah

    Re: Item 8. Large-Scale Development (MPC File No. 16-004072-ZA)

    The Honorable Mayor DeLoach, City Manager Cutter, and Aldermen:

    On behalf of the Board of Directors and Advisors of the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Savannah, GA Inc., in concert with our letter strongly opposing the granting of a “bonus” fifth story to the proposed 607 Drayton Street hotel project, we likewise vigorously disagree with the MPC staff study (File No. 004072-ZA) proposing to place zoning district RIP-D into the “All Other Zoning Districts” for the purposes of height, for the following reasons:

    • ·      ALL current RIP-D-zoned properties fall under the 4-story maximum height per the Historic District Height map.
    • ·      ALL RIP-zoned properties – including RIP-D - are restricted to the limitations of the height map, except those located on Oglethorpe Ave., Liberty St., and Trust Lots which qualify for consideration for an additional story.
    • ·      There is no need to single out RIP-D height limits. The ordinance is clear as it is currently written. It appears that this interpretation specifically facilitates the award of a fifth floor for the RIP-D-zoned proposed West Elm Hotel project at 607 Drayton.
    • ·      Approval of this proposed text amendment would represent another brick out of the foundation of the zoning ordinance, facilitating the dismantling of other RIP height restrictions in the future.
    • ·      As noted in our 607 Drayton letter, approval of a major change such as this would embolden developers to shoot-for-the-moon even more than they already are when requesting development plans approval in the Landmark Historic District.
    • ·      Continual approval of variances and text amendments such as this erode the character and integrity of the neighborhood the zoning ordinances were designed to protect.


    Thank you,

    Melinda D. Allen
    President, Savannah Downtown Neighborhood Association

    Click here to download this letter

Office Voicemail: 912.236.8362

Downtown Neighborhood Association of Savannah, GA Inc.
P.O. Box 9416
Savannah, GA 31412

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