On Wednesday, Dec. 7, The Kessler Collection officially broke ground on the $270 million Savannah Plant Riverside District, an area of River Street that has been closed off to the public for more than 100 years. The 4.5-acre waterfront complex is the largest piece of undeveloped, national historic district land in the United States and will transform the decommissioned 104-year-old Georgia Power Plant building on the west end of River Street. Plant Riverside District will be the largest redevelopment project within the Savannah National Historic Landmark District and will introduce unmatched experiential amenities and lodging accommodations along the famed Savannah River.
Plant Riverside District will consist of two themed boutique hotels part of the global luxury JW Marriott brand, 13 food and beverage outlets including three rooftop bars and two rooftop pools, Bohemian Wine Blending and tasting rooms and The Kessler Collection's signature Poseidon Spa. In addition, a 4,000 sq. ft. Grand Bohemian Art Gallery, two ballrooms along the river and high-end retail shops will appeal to not only guests, but locals as well. A natural science museum paying tribute to Savannah's unknown past and outdoor park honoring Martin Luther King Jr. that will include a stage and seating for 700 will round out the distinctive offerings. Plant Riverside District will deliver what only visionary Richard C. Kessler can, experiences that pique curiosity, touch every sense and invite guests to taste, try and explore.
During the groundbreaking ceremony, state and local dignitaries including Georgia Representative Ron Stephens and Mayor Eddie DeLoach, CEO of Marriott International Arne Sorenson and key executives from The Kessler Collection recognized the immense dedication and vision of the project while design plans and renderings of Plant Riverside District were unveiled. Key development partners Sottile & Sottile, John T. Campo & Associates and PFVS Architecture were also in attendance.
Additionally, The Kessler Collection is working with city officials to extend the river walk in order to enhance the River Street experience – reuniting Savannah with its beloved waterfront once again.
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