Pooler’s chief administrator says commercial development in the west Chatham city shows no signs of slowing down.
In a report to the city council during a planning retreat at the Savannah Quarters Clubhouse Saturday, Pooler City Manager Robbie Byrd listed several new businesses coming online in the city in the next few months, among them new hotels, restaurants, automobile dealerships and medical facilities.
Already this year, franchises like Krystal, CVS Pharmacy, Vaden Chevrolet and the German-based Lidl supermarket have gotten approval from the city to construct new facilities along the bustling north side of Pooler Parkway. And, Byrd said, plans are in motion to expand the Pooler Stadium Cinemas 12 on Pooler Parkway into a dine-in cinema.
Meanwhile on U.S. 80, the city manager reported that work continues to construct a new sales and service facility for Dozier Crane at the highway’s intersection with Pine Barren Road.
And Byrd announced that after several meetings with city officials, a developer planning a 120-unit assisted living facility off Quacco Road is nearly ready to present plans to city officials for consideration.
“They’ll be turning in site plans this month or the beginning of next month,” Byrd said Saturday. “We’ve got an assisted living coming off Pooler Parkway, ... (but) they’re greatly needed and this is going to be an awesome project. ... They’re excited about coming and you’ll see those plans coming shortly.”
In the meantime, hotel franchises continue to see opportunity in rapildy growing Pooler, which is located only a stone’s throw from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.
Byrd said one hotel, a Hilton Home2 Suites, is under construction now on Towne Center Boulevard and another, a Courtyard Savannah, is planned for a site near the Tanger Outlets on Pooler Parkway.
The city’s planning and zoning commission recommended approval of site plans for the Courtyard Savannah project — along with site plans for two new warehouses — during its meeting Monday.
“Commercial development is continuing to go full speed ahead,” Byrd told the council Saturday.
And while most of the new commercial development so far has stayed near the north end of Pooler Parkway, the city manager said there may be a forthcoming catalyst for growth on the parkway’s less-developed south end.
“We met with some developers on another grocery store,” Byrd said. “I cannot say which one. But it’s in that area. ... If this big box comes, it’s going to domino effect. ... And with this development coming on this (south) end of Pooler Parkway, that’s going to disperse some of the concentration of traffic on the other end of Pooler Parkway. That’s the only thing that’s going to help (congestion on) that (north) end of Pooler Parkway — more construction down this side.”
BY THE NUMBERS
Since Jan. 1 in the city of Pooler:
• 114 single-family residential building permits have been issued
• 32 commercial building permits have been issued
• 2,076 building inspections have been performed
— information according to Building and Zoning report from Aug. 1 Pooler City Council meeting