Huntsville City Leaders Eye Central Parkway for “Explosion of Redevelopment”

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)—2014 could be the tipping point for new growth along central Memorial Parkway, bringing several new retailers to the city of Huntsville.

Shane Davis with the city urban development department says projects like the John Hunt Park redevelopment,  and a finalized parkway overpass plan are coming together and now new retailers are eyeing the parkway for new growth.

“We have several proposals in the early phases right now, the community will start seeing some really good things this year and 2015 could be a real explosion of new growth there,” Davis says.

This week workers began demolition work of Mason Plaza to make room for a brand new Walmart  shopping center.

On the other side of the Parkway 45 acres of city property currently home to Joe Davis Stadium could be redeveloped since the Huntsville Stars are leaving town.

“Retailers have shown a lot of new interest in this part of the city now that we have time tables for when construction on new overpasses along the parkway will be completed and the John Hunt Park project is looking like it will become a reality soon,” Davis added.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle (FILE)

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle (FILE)

Last year Huntsville city leaders commissioned a study of possible sites for new development inside city limits, the results show several locations on the parkway.

“Mayor Battle has put in motion a targeted plan to focus new growth in the central parkway area and we hope to start seeing the fruits of those labors  soon,” Davis said.