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www.smallmarketmeetings.com Destination Showcase 24 The fountain at Forsyth Park is the centerpiece of a city filled with ornaments. booming downtown. The big news is the October ground-breaking for the conversion of a spacious old River Street power plant into a 420- room J.W. Marriott hotel. Directly across the street, a 170-room Tribute property is going up. Both are due for completion in late 2018 to early 2019. "This development is game changing because it will provide 600 rooms either on or near the waterfront, convenient to the convention center by water taxis," said Hewitt. At the opposite end of River Street, a new Homewood Suites opened in 2015 is the first installment in a three-hotel complex to include a new 80-room Marriott AC hotel and a new 200-room Hilton. "Most of the construction is limited service because there aren't big footprints of land available," Hewitt said. "We see a lot of older product being repurposed." A former horse livery on Washington Square that once housed the first Coca-Cola plant outside Atlanta has just reopened as the 145-guest-room, 26-suite Kimpton Brice boutique hotel. Its Secret Garden accommodates 100 for receptions. Other historic district properties include a 151-guest-room Andaz, Hyatt's high-end international boutique hotel, with a rooftop pool and a 125-capacity outdoor terrace; the Hotel Indigo, opened in March, with exposed brick and high ceilings, 252 guest rooms/suites and 6,000 square feet of event space; and the five-story River Street Inn, a Historic Hotels of America, 200-year-old converted cotton warehouse with water views from a rooftop deck and the River House Restaurant nearby, which welcomes groups. An 1888 Victorian-Romanesque mansion hotel, the 125-room-and- suite Mansion at Forsyth Park offers indoor and outdoor event spaces, a noteworthy art gallery, a spa and the elegant 700 Kitchen Restaurant and Cooking School. Groups of up to 15 can assist James Beard fea- tured chef Peter Russo in preparing meals, buying fresh produce or tying on aprons for team building. "Teams can make a meal from a basketful of mystery ingredients or try to guess what's in a dish made from 15 ingredients," said Russo. O f f - S i t e V e n u e s Off-Site Venues A beautifully restored 1881 building in the historic district made of Savannah gray bricks, the Charles H. Morris Center is a 3,600-square- foot event property with adjoining tented space, catering kitchen and meeting area where 300 can gather for a reception. "The old bricks are beautiful," said owner Charles Morris. "I wouldn't let the restorers change anything. It's part of history. The acoustics are