9/26/07-Savannah College of Arts & Design Brings Insight to Downtown Kingsland, GA

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SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF Arts and Design students traveled to Kingsland Friday to survey the downtown for a masterplan they intend to put together for the area. Pictured from left to right, back to front row: Luis Infante, Erin Niedermeier, Andrew Thompson, Garrett Johnson, Eric Hathaway, Derek Kenison, Aaron Sherwood, Trong, Nguyen, Anees Kara, Hsu-Jen Huang, Matt Gregory, Valerie Benavidez, Mia Flores, Sarah Line, Lorena Novoa, Lisa Gallan, Celeste Perry, Sean Barber and Renee Gasper. (Tribune & Georgian photo/Ashley Smith)

By Ashley Smith

Graduate students from the Savannah College of Art and Design toured Kingsland Friday and will put together a master plan for the downtown area.

"I am very excited about them being here. Having fresh eyes coming in will definitely give us some new insight," said Darren Harper, economic development director for Kingsland.

Students engaged in a question and answer session with city officials prior to the tour in order to get an idea of what the citizens of Kingsland are interested in adding to the area. They said they were impressed with officials' openness to growth and future development in the city.

Officials, they said, vocalized a wanting for a more sociable downtown atmosphere - in essence, molding Kingsland to be identified as the tourist gateway to Georgia.

They also stressed that they want to add the character of a socially and atheistically pleasing downtown to attract residents. Kingsland, they said, ideally would have strong identifying characteristics and attractions that would separate it from St. Marys, but also bring them together as an attractive package.

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