MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) — If you’ve been in downtown Madison lately, you probably noticed how nice the area looks where Pure Barre and the Cotton Gin Boutique is located. A main stretch was part of phase one of the downtown redevelopment. City officials are ready to extend the improvements from Phase I into Phase II, all the way down to the railroad tracks.
“That means new parking, underground utilities,so we don’t have that overhead clutter,” said Amy Bell with the City of Madison’s Planning and Economic Development Department. “It also means new landscaping and a few small public spaces in the east end of Main Street.”
Funding for Phase III is coming from a $300,000 grant from Governor Bentley. Phase II funding comes from the City Council’s capital improvement program. “We have a lot of money for roads allocated but this is one of the big quality of life projects that they are working on,” said Bell.
Business and property owners are pleased with Phase I and are looking forward to Phase II. “The progress has helped their businesses with more parking out front and just with an overall character of the space people want to be in,” she said.
Bell told WHNT News 19 that the re-development of downtown Madison is an issue that city officials feel strongly about. “It’s the historic center of the city, historically Madison Station, and so it’s important for a growing city like ours and city as large as ours to care about its downtown and invest in its downtown and have a place that’s everyone hometown downtown.”
Bell said Phase II is going to start construction early November and will take anywhere from 3 to 4 months. Phase III designs will begin in November and that will be a project for 2014.