HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Developments are taking shape at Twickenham Square downtown.
The new Publix is coming along, the Homewood Suites hotel has opened and the Artisan Lofts are being built.
Chad Emerson, CEO of Downtown Huntsville Inc., joined us Thursday to update us on the progress.
"These are going to be some of the most exciting lofts in downtown, in, really, any downtown in the southeast. You're going to be right across the street from Publix, so you can walk to get your groceries or a bottle of wine, walk to restaurants, walk to work if you're there," said Chad Emerson, CEO of Downtown Huntsville, Inc.
The Artisan Lofts will also feature a resort-style saltwater pool, a java bar and a workout area.
"You get all the amenities you might have in another part of town, but right here in the heart of downtown," Emerson said.
Pre-leasing has started for the Artisan Lofts. The plan is for them to open over the next several months, into the fall. Learn more at Livingatartisan.com.
As far as Publix - the company really researched where to put the store, Emerson said.
"What's really interesting - we are the smallest downtown in the country with a downtown Publix. What I mean by a downtown Publix is, there's not a big, massive parking lot surrounding it. You literally walk in to the Publix, directly off the sidewalk - there will be parking on the street, there will be a parking deck across there - it's a smaller prototype, but it's really fun to say they saw something in downtown Huntsville they didn't see in downtown Nashville or downtown Birmingham or other places," said Emerson.
New restaurants will open in the coming months. Mei-Wei will build its second location in Huntsville and Cajun Steamer will open its first restaurant in the area.
Mei-Wei has a location on University Drive and serves fast-casual Asian food.
Cajun Steamer serves Po Boys, salads, oysters, gumbo, etoufee and other Cajun-inspired foods.
"This place is high-energy. If you like Cajun food, all different types - it's family friendly, but you also in the evening get together with your friends, you have indoor-outdoor dining. It's really going to become a go-to place in downtown," said Emerson.
Both restaurants will have outdoor patios. More restaurants are coming soon, too - but Emerson couldn't mention names yet.
"Oh, they're going to be good. We'll let the developer announce them, but they're going to be exciting brands," he hinted.
We feature these updates every Thursday in our Downtown Huntsville Weekly segment on WHNT.com. Check back with us each week for the latest news, or 'like' Downtown Huntsville, Inc. on Facebook for updates as well.