Albertville has several exciting projects "in the works" that will allow for new shopping options; create economic development opportunities and generate a visually appealing, viable downtown for citizens and visitors to enjoy.
The Shoppes of Albertville
The City of Albertville and GBT Realty broke ground on The Shoppes of Albertville in January and site prep began immediately. This 135,000 sq. ft. shopping center will soon be home to Hobby Lobby, TJMaxx, PetSmart, Ross Dress for Less, Hibbett Sports and more. The center is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2016 with additional retailers to be announced soon. This project is the result of a private public partnership along with hard work, patience and persistance by many. Citizens of Albertville and the region have been very positive and we anxiously await the opening of these retailers in the market.
Cross Roads Mall Annex
Following the destruction of a strip mall by a tornado in April, 2010, the area adjacent to The Cross Roads Mall is undergoing a new development thanks to local developer Jeff Beck. A 95,000 sq. ft. shopping center is under construction and will house Dunham's Sports and Ollie's Bargain Outlet with additional retailers to be named soon. The center is scheduled to open in 2016 and Albertville is excited to welcome additional retailers to the City.
Downtown Master Plan
In March, Mayor Honea and the Council adopted a Master Plan for Downtown. The plan was made possible by a Community Development Block Grant awarded to the City of Albertville by the Alabama Department of Economic & Community Affairs. The Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments (TARCOG) facilitated the formation of the plan with input from citizens at stakeholder meetings, community workshops, surveys and meetings with the City's Downtown Development Committee over the course of 12 months. The plan reflects the input of many and addresses a wide variety of topics ranging from vehicular traffic patterns, pedestrian walkways, green spaces, building design standards, organizational structure and much, much more. The plan is designed to be implemented in phases over a 10 year period but the Downtown Development Committee is already hard at work and welcomes your help, suggestions, and support. To be involved or obtain more information, contact Melody Whitten at 256-279-0622.
Transportation Alternatives Program
In June, 2014, the City of Albertville was fortunate to receive a Transportation Alternatives Program or TAP grant from the Alabama Department of Transportation, which is in the design phase currently with construction scheduled to begin in 2016 pending ALDOT's approval of the plan. The TAP Program allows cities to construct on and off road facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists and other non-motorized forms of transportation to include sidewalks, pedestrian lighting and landscaping to achieve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. It is the City's hope that this project will make a once blighted area of downtown an attractive area for new businesses and restaurants to locate and create even more reasons to visit Downtown Albertville.
New Senior Center
The current administration recognized the need for a new facility for our seniors. Formerly an assisted living facility, 709 South Broad Street will become the new Senior Center in the upcoming months. The City of Albertville is scheduled to close on the property in early October, 2015 and renovations to the existing property will begin soon after. The City is thrilled to be able to make this a reality for our seniors. If you have any questions about the new center, please contact the Mayor or City Council.