Downtown Trussville Revitalization: “It’s Really Going to Happen”
Melissa Stewart - October 23, 2017
During the Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce October Luncheon, Mayor Buddy Choat confirmed that the Downtown Trussville Revitalization Plan "is really going to happen.” TurnerBatson is partnering with the Trussville Downtown Redevelopment Authority to complete this transition that currently has more than 10 projects in the downtown district.
“Something in the community that was missing was a downtown area. We have shopping centers. We have restaurants. We have interstate access, but what they wanted was a walkable downtown,” said Mayor Buddy Choat during an interview with WBRC.
The City of Trussville envisions this new and improved downtown area to be both an economic engine and a desirable location for community events and social gatherings. The new plan will attract and revitalize downtown business, provide safe parking and walkability for residents, upgrade the appearance of the downtown buildings and streetscape and allow for improved vehicular access.
The first phase of the redevelopment centers on an area known as “Quad One” or the “Entertainment District.” With the help of developer Coby Lake and the city, TurnerBatson has designed the initial renderings for Melt, Common House, a brewery and an outdoor stage and pavilion providing an entertainment area for families.
Entertainment District Before:
Entertainment District After:
Other buildings along Highway 11 scheduled to undergo exterior face-lifts may include Braden’s Corner, Trussville City Hall and a future restaurant in the Liberty Tire building.
Braden's Corner Before:
Braden's Corner After:
A new 5,000 square foot Edgar’s Bakery will occupy the city block on the north side of Highway 11 at Vann Circle. The project will also include 2,400 square feet of leasable retail or professional office space. Owners Terry and Dottie Smith plan to open the development in December of 2018.
“We are honored to be a part of a team that’s helping transform this exceptional city,” said Dave Reese, TurnerBatson President. “Dix+Hite Landscape Architects, Civil Consultants, Inc. and Skipper Consulting are collaborating with property owners, utility companies and state officials to improve some complicated traffic and utility issues and provide for an amazing destination for Trussville residents. The leadership and vision of the Mayor, city council and RDA have fueled the success of this project.”
Groundbreaking will begin for initial projects starting next month. Residents should be able to see the transformation within 12 to 18 months.