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Pooler Planning Board recommends plans for new Lift Power facility

A local sales and service center for forklifts and other warehouse equipment is preparing to relocate to a new space in west Chatham County.

Tybee Island businesses encourage residents, visitors to Buy Local Tybee

The spring and summer beach season may be big for business on Tybee Island, but city residents and entrepreneurs want to remind everyone that the work doesn’t end when the season does.

Angela Caldwell, owner of Caldwell’s Cottage Boutique, arranges items in her Rags 2 Ritches collection. Caldwell is a member of the Tybee Island Development Authority and a supporter of the Buy Local Tybee initiative. (Kelly Quimby/Savannah Morning News)

Growth on the horizon in the small town of Bloomingdale

It appears the growth already rampant on the west side of Chatham County is making its way to the small town of Bloomingdale.

Joey Jones of Bloomingdale’s Aerotech Machining, pictured, on Bloomingdale Road recently told fellow business owners at a breakfast there are plans to expand the business. (Kelly Quimby/Savannah Morning News)

Pooler planning board votes down variance request for new hotel

The city of Pooler’s volunteer planning and zoning commission is recommending that city officials turn down a requested height variance for a new hotel in Godley Station.

A preliminary design for a proposed Aloft hotel at the corner of Benton Boulevard and Towne Center Drive. (Courtesy photo)

Pooler planners OK land split for future business

The Planning & Zoning Commission in Pooler this week OK’d a request from developers to etch out a 1.12-acre section of land on the south end of Pooler Parkway to house a new Savannah Tire franchise.

The location of a requested minor subdivision in the Armstrong Tract on Pooler Parkway.

Plans unclear for five-story Aloft hotel in Pooler

With the path forward somewhat unclear, planners in Pooler on Monday agreed to table plans for a new, five-story Aloft hotel in rapidly growing Godley Station.

A rendering of an Aloft hotel under construction in downtown Savannah. The development firm building the hotel has proposed a second location in Pooler, near the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. (Courtesy photo)

Height variances for new St. Joseph’s/Candler micro hospital cleared by Pooler officials

The Pooler City Council this week removed one of the last obstacles impeding the St. Joseph’s/Candler health system’s purchase of about 18 acres of land on Pooler Parkway to house a new “micro hospital” on the west side of Chatham County.

City planners OK height for new Pooler hospital

Developers preparing for a new “micro hospital” on the south side of Pooler Parkway requested variances this week to let them exceed the city’s height limits on buildings and signs.

A site plan for future development of the Town Center property in Garden City. (Courtesy photo)

Pooler planning board nixes Chevy dealer's request for sign, flagpole

Representatives of an auto dealership under construction in Pooler are asking the city for leeway to put up a sign and flagpole that exceed the heights allowed for in the city’s code of ordinances.

But the Pooler Planning & Zoning Commission on Monday recommended that the City Council deny most aspects of the variances sought by Vaden Chevrolet of Pooler, which is being built on an outparcel of the Tanger Outlets, adjacent to Interstate 95.

A rendering of how the flag would look along Interstate 95. (Special to the Savannah Morning News)

Pooler OKs contract for development of city mobile app

Officials in Pooler this week opened up a new line of communication between the city and its residents. In a unanimous vote Tuesday, Pooler City Council members approved a contract with Next Wave Designs for the development of a mobile application for the city.

Chatham Area Transit names new CEO, executive director

After more than a year of holding the post in the interim, Curtis Koleber on Tuesday was named CEO and executive director of Chatham Area Transit.

Grocery store clears next hurdle in Pooler

A second international discount supermarket chain is moving ahead with plans to open a location in Pooler. On Monday, the city’s planning and zoning commission voted to recommend approval of site and landscape plans for a 19,054-square-foot Aldi grocery store on a 2.4-acre lot at the corner of Maxwell Drive and Trader’s Way.

An existing Aldi location. (Special to the Savannah Morning News)

Trade Center: Pooler lone holdout on long-term hotel tax collections

At Wednesday’s monthly meeting of the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, Savannah-based lobbyist Lee Hughes reported on his progress in renewing agreements with the county and area municipalities to collect a 6-percent hotel/motel tax, one penny of which helps fund trade center operations.

Pooler planning board green lights new assisted living proposal

A developer planning construction of a new assisted living facility and memory care center in south Pooler got the blessing of the city’s planning and zoning board Monday.

The Savannah Quarters master plan

Pooler officials clear path for more industry on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway

Officials in Pooler this week cleared the way for more industrial growth on the city’s rapidly developing stretch of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway.

Pooler planners sign off on rezone for possible third Nordic warehouse

Planners in Pooler on Monday signed off on a pair of requests that would accommodate a third warehouse for the Atlanta-based cold storage company Nordic at a growing site off Jimmy DeLoach Parkway.

Terry Coleman of the Coleman Company in Savannah describes a requested rezone for property for a new Nordic facility on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway (Kelly Quimby/Savannah Morning News)

Pooler Planning board to hear new request to rezone for warehouses

Just a week after developers were cleared to rezone nearly 60 acres of property in Pooler for new warehouses on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway, planners in the west Chatham city are set to field another request to rezone property for more industry on the parkway — this time, perhaps, for the expansion of an existing business.

Pooler Council rezones about 60 acres on Jimmy DeLoach Pkwy for warehouses

Pooler officials on Monday cleared the developer of a new industrial park on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway to add nearly 60 more acres to the site.

Pooler planners sign off on rezone for new industry on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway

Nearly 60 acres of land in north Pooler originally pegged for a residential subdivision could soon be the site of more industry.

FILE - More property around this area of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway got a favorable recommendation for a rezone to a light industrial designation from the Pooler Planning Commission Monday.