Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) has unveiled new plans for a 14-story residence hall for students on 18th Street near its Midtown campus. The Midtown Development Review Committee (DRC) reviewed the plan at its Aug. 8 meeting, according to a recap from the Midtown Alliance.
Previously, in 2015, SCAD proposed plans for a new residence hall that would replace the existing Spring House – a former hotel transformed into dorms – on Spring Street. Since then, SCAD has acquired a slim, irregularly shaped parcel to the west of Spring House and south of the main academic building at 1600 Peachtree Street. Developing this parcel first will allow students to remain at Spring House until completion of the project, at which time Spring House can be demolished and that property made ready for future campus development.
The proposal presented at Tuesday’s meeting includes 592 student beds, lounge and event space, laundry services, a coffee bar, and other amenities for students. The development will not include any new parking, but will incorporate a drop-off area for cars and a loading area for service vehicles and deliveries. All student parking will be located in the existing SCAD parking deck at 1600 Peachtree.
The DRC requested more information in the form of a detailed site plan to further evaluate variation requests related to side and rear yard setbacks and loading bays. Additionally, the applicant was asked to develop more definitive solutions related to service access and pedestrian circulation through the site.