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Monday, March 31, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Huntsville Times article
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Census Bureau press release
In the past month, there has been a frenzy of annexations by both Huntsville and Madison due to pending state legislation that could make it tough to annex land in fast-growing Limestone County. The threat of the bill, though, has backfired the county's plans to slow annexations by the two cities and Decatur. Huntsville and Madison have already annexed a total of 1,700 acres since the bill was made public.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
And once more, the commission was also slated to approve approximately 850 home lots on the fringes of the city tonight. So, while they refuse to let our downtown develop and become more attractive, they will allow these suburban "cookie cutter" houses, which will probably cause many more problems (like traffic and school overcrowding) than 25-story buildings ever will with their "shadows."
- Hotel Indigo- by the same company that owns Holiday Inn. Has 17 hotels open, with 62 planned.
- NYLO Hotels- A business boutique hotel chain which just opened its first hotel in suburban Dallas. Another hotel will open later this year in Warwick, RI (south of Providence) with 50 more planned.
- aloft- created by Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Westin and Sheraton). Five hotels are now open, with many more coming, including a hotel in Homewood (opening next year) and Franklin/Cool Springs, TN (opening in October). They are also building hotels in smaller metro areas like Charleston and Greenville, SC and Northwest Arkansas.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
And this doesn't sound right:
"John L. Morris, who started Bass in Springfield, Mo., in 1971, at one time worked with Springfield-based hotel developer John Q. Hammons to build Bass Pro Shops and Embassy Suites hotels at the same locations. Glover said he has never heard of Hammons, who developed the Embassy Suites Hotel in Huntsville."The "300 room, all-suites" hotel sounds a lot like an Embassy Suites, and Hammons has a reputation in the hotel industry. I don't see how this developer doesn't know him.
Huntsville Times article: Decatur project no big rival
Saturday, March 22, 2008
The first two tenants of a proposed 16,000 sq. ft shopping center in Hampton Cove were announced this week. Hampton Cove Christian Academy and Anytime Fitness will occupy the building on the right in the picture above. The other buildings will be built when there is a demand. The center should be completed sometime this year. Last year, the owner of the property signed a deal to build a Guthrie's restaurant there, but was met with opposition from nearby residents. Guthrie's later decided to "never" try to locate in Hampton Cove again.
Huntsville Times article
Friday, March 21, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Recently, land has been cleared on the Winchester Plaza (the Publix shopping center) outparcel next to McDonald's, sparking rumors on what is going in there. Some say it's a restaurant, others, more specifically, say it's an Applebees. Being a longtime resident of the area, I was curious myself and went out to investigate.
First, I checked on Winchester Plaza's website. Note that the outparcel in question is shaded in gray with the letters NIC: "Not In Contract." It has been like this for months. So, no luck there, besides the fact that someone doesn't want nosy people (like myself) from seeing what they're putting there.
So I went to another "weapon" of mine: the Madison County "Interactive Tax Assessment Map". It gives info on every parcel in Madison County, such as the owner, their address, and the assessed value of their property. Kind of scary, actually. Anyway, from there, I learned who owned the property- "Winchester Center, LLC" with a Lawrenceville, GA address. A quick Google search of the address reveals that it is for Marvin Hewatt Enterprises- a company that develops gas stations/convenience stores. Another Google search of the company's name shows a "For the Record" article from the Huntsville Times on Sunday, March 8 where three building permits were issued for the company, two for the property in question. The contractor that was named in the article, Charter South, Inc. specializes in building gas stations. One of their "current projects" is a Mobil station in Marianna, FL for Marvin Hewatt Enterprises.
Conclusion: Sorry, It's probably going to be a gas station. Hope for better luck with Harris Hills.
Monday, March 17, 2008
- A Bass Pro Shops, opening in 2009. It will be the fourth location in Alabama.
- 300,000 sq. ft. of retail space, probably outlet stores
- A hotel and convention center, to open in 2010.
- 1 million additional sq. ft. of retail
- 825,000 sq. ft of office space
- An 8,000-seat "entertainment venue"
- 2,700 homes
Sweetwater is being developed by Genesis USA Development, and groundbreaking will be June 1st. Let's just hope that this one doesn't fail, like so many proposals have before at this interchange.
Update March 18- Huntsville Times article and map of the proposed development.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Over 85,000 cars use the 565/65 junction each day, according to the latest ALDOT traffic counts. It is a high-profile intersection that has seen many major development proposals over the years, but all have fallen through. In 2004, the Burnham Group of Kansas City proposed a $450 million mixed-use development called "Tennessee Valley Crossing." It fell through after Limestone County refused to fund infrastructure improvements needed for the project. Another project, which included a 15,000 seat arena, was killed for the same reason.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Northrop Grumman will begin construction this fall on the second of four planned buildings in its new $80 million campus in Research Park West off Old Madison Pike. When completed the campus will house all of the company's 1,200 workers in Huntsville.
The first building broke ground in June 2005 and opened last April.