has Begun


the Savannah River

Flows a new Storyline

There will be

Entertainment to Discover

and Experiences that Inspire


Find your

Moment Across a

Showcase of Eras

After more than 100 years, Savannah is reuniting with its beloved river once again, in a vibrant entertainment destination named Plant Riverside District. You'll be welcomed with luxury hotel stays and treated to incredible dining, wine tasting and high-end shopping. You'll enjoy live music in the fresh air and a stroll through the Grand Bohemian Art Gallery. You'll find inspiring event space for groups of all sizes. And you can play in gorgeous parks or sip cocktails and take in the view.

Amid the city's treasured waterfront, you'll experience restoration and progression---a graceful nod to the past and an enchanting transition into the future.

Learn the Story Behind the Visionary

The Future of History

Plant Riverside District is the vision of Richard Kessler who set out to reimagine Savannah's historic site and create an entertainment district that truly has something for everyone. Kessler founded The Kessler Collection in 1984, a growing portfolio of nine true boutique hotels. The organization is a founding member of Marriott's Autograph Collection and has established itself as an innovative leader, trusted partner and proven producer of unique destinations, restaurants and exceptional experiences.

In his Plant Riverside District project, Kessler will treat guests to a sensory wonderland that stretches across eras. A journey of time, from 18th century to present, will be carried through each thoughtfully designed detail and felt in every artful offering.




of Progress

As the city's original freight port and site of its large, coal fired power plant built in 1912, Plant Riverside District's history is still very much present. Plant Riverside District represents the beauty of progress---connecting history to present, Savannah's legendary river with its storied community, and all who visit, to the generations of our future.

Facts & FAQs


  • 4.5 acre riverfront entertainment district
  • 1.5 acres of public parks and plazas
  • A quarter mile of new river walk
  • 488-space parking deck
  • 670,000 sq ft of entertainment and hospitality
  • 18,000 sq ft of stylish meeting and event space
  • 400+ person live entertainment venue
  • Luxury hotel with 419 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites
  • 700 new job opportunities
  • Largest redevelopment in the history of Savannah's National Historic Landmark District


  • Live indoor and outdoor music
  • Concerts and entertainment
  • Three rooftop bars
  • More than a dozen dining options
  • Beer Garden Experience
  • Luxury spa
  • Fitness center
  • Grand Bohemian Art Gallery
  • Specialty retail shops
  • Riverfront park
  • Splash pads and kids recreation
  • Natural science exhibits


  • JW Marriott Savannah, Plant Riverside District

    A luxury hotel with stays for couples seeking a romantic getaway, families who wish to create new memories, business guests and groups looking for inspiration and discerning travelers with an appetite for something different than anywhere they've been before.

  • Atlantic Building

    A bold and monumental welcome with contemporary details that tell a 21st century story, opening up to breathtaking views and artful entertainment, including a vibrant live music venue and gorgeous ballroom event space for groups craving an inspiring space with a twist.

  • Power Plant Building

    An enchanting nod to the past that treats guests to experience some of the original Power Plant's architectural detail, mixed with modern features including unique shopping, inspired dining and a vibrant rooftop that meets the starry sky.

  • Three Muses Building

    A romantic and elegant timeline of centuries gone by across three evolutionary structures, boasting European inspired decor, a garden rooftop terrace and unique Savannah shopping.

  1. Will I be able to drive to the District?

    Yes. While Savannah is mainly known as a pedestrian friendly walking destination, Plant Riverside District, in partnership with the City of Savannah, is creating the first significant public parking resource on River Street, housing nearly 500 parking spaces, half of which will be open to the public.

  2. What dining options will be available at Plant Riverside District?

    Plant Riverside District will celebrate the arts through all facets of creativity and this includes food and beverage. It will feature more than a dozen culinary options, from a pizza restaurant and barbeque kiosk, to a steak and wine room, and authentic lowcountry seafood options.

  3. Will there be live entertainment on the new River Walk?

    Founder Richard Kessler has a passion for arts and music, so it is a big part of the Plant Riverside District story. The District's Martin Luther King, Jr. park will feature a performance platform on the River Walk, perfectly setup to host concerts seating for over 500 people. Stay tuned for exciting news to come.

  4. Will Plant Riverside District have Entertainment for Kids?

    Plant Riverside District is an entertainment district for everyone. It will feature adult activities, fun for the little ones and everything in between, inspiring families to come together and share memories for generations to come.

  5. Will there be nightlife at Plant Riverside District?

    Plant Riverside District will offer a variety of nightlife options, including three rooftop bars featuring handcrafted cocktails, live entertainment, bar games, fireplaces and the best river views in the city.

  6. What type of retail options will Plant Riverside District offer?

    Plant Riverside District is hand selecting retail partners to give guests an unusual and exciting variety. Guests can expect to shop at art galleries, jewelers and shops featuring Savannah's local finds.

  7. Does the Plant Riverside District have spaces to rent for weddings and other private events?

    Plant Riverside District will provide wedding and meeting spaces across all three hotels, with more than 22,000 sq. ft. of ballroom space that transforms into breakout rooms, pre-function space and the capability of reserving public spaces for private parties, including an incredible rooftop deck.

  8. What experiences will Plant Riverside District offer guests who are visiting for the day, not staying overnight?

    At Plant Riverside District, all locals and visitors alike can explore more than 13 dining options, rejuvenating treatments at Poseidon Spa, rooftop cocktails, a riverfront park, a quarter mile of new river walk, retail shops, live music and more.

  9. How will the project work to preserve the original Power Plant building?

    It is a main priority of The Kessler Collection to restore the 1912 historic Power Plant building back to its original condition so locals and visitors will have the chance to enjoy the magnificent architecture and beauty of the design. During the early 1900s, power plants were viewed as public edifices, resulting in significant civic design emphasis in the architecture. Kessler is taking all measures to preserve all original materials, working with architects that specialize in historic preservation.

  10. Will you keep the Plant's smokestacks?

    Yes, Plant Riverside District's iconic 176--foot tall smokestacks are features of the Savannah skyline. They'll continue to anchor the west end of River Street, serving as a marker for the site's rich history and drawing visitors into the district.

  11. Is the Project designed to be Sustainable?

    We aim to create an earth friendly, sustainable District. We've designed it using cutting edge sustainable building and site development practices, including advanced energy recovery technology, many reclaimed materials, excellent insulation, as well as efficient low-flow plumbing fixtures and a high efficiency central plant, serving heating and cooling needs of the major buildings in the District.

  12. How will Plant Riverside District connect with the River?

    Plant Riverside District will enhance both views and direct access to the riverfront, with multiple public connections back to the city and a quarter mile of new public riverwalk. There has been no public riverfront access in this area for over 100 years, so we are looking forward to reconnecting it all once again.

  13. What economic impact is this development expected to create?

    Aside from providing Savannah visitors with more to experience in the city, the project will create approximately 700 jobs and is projected to provide a 4:1 economic impact, funneling new revenue back to the city and state.




Be a Part

of History

Plant Riverside District will create approximately 700 new jobs in entertainment, hospitality and other specialty services. The city sees more than 13 million visitors year, spending more than 2 billion dollars during their stay. The District will be Savannah's newest attraction and a must-see for locals and all who visit. The opportunity is unprecedented.

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