June 17, 2020
Finishing touches are being added as the redevelopment of Trussville’s historic downtown transforms into a walkable, family-friendly entertainment district. Construction has safely continued during COVID and the district is on schedule to be unveiled to the public this summer.
The 12-acre site includes a stage, pavilion, walkable pedestrian areas and a green space, new public parking lots, sidewalks, landscaping, the removal of all above-ground utilities, street and intersection work, and a pocket park located at the northwest corner of Highway 11 and Chalkville Road. Trees, landscaping, streetlights, benches, and bike racks are presently being installed.
Ferus Artisan Ales is the first new business to open in the district and will be followed in the coming months by Cookie Dough Magic, The Filling Station, and numerous other restaurants and retail establishments.
The central elements of the new entertainment district are the stage and pavilion. The focal point will be a 27-foot wide LED video wall, which will allow the stage to be used year-round for family movie nights, concert simulcasts, and screening sports events. The stage will also host city events and large concert performances for up to 2,500 attendees.
The covered pavilion is at the center of event space. The pavilion design references Trussville’s historic train depot and will provide a shaded area for community events and outdoor covered dining. Large fans have been installed to keep the area under the pavilion cool during the summer months.
New traffic lights will be installed at the Cedar Lane and Chalkville Mountain Road intersections on Highway 11 in conjunction with a loop road project that will improve traffic flow around downtown.
“This is a one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime project,” said TURNERBATSON President Dave Reese. “I love the scale and vibe of this new district. It reflects the personality, history, and individuality of Trussville and it will be a vibrant attraction to this very special city.”
June 17, 2020