MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – If you’ve driven by the Publix-anchored shopping center at Winchester Road’s Winchester Plaza lately, you’ve noticed crews are pushing dirt around.
Parcels of land are being cleared directly adjacent to the shopping center’s McDonald’s restaurant and at the area directly across Winchester Road.
“It doesn’t go throughout our engineering department or inspection department,” says District 1 Commissioner Roger Jones.
Jones explains the county land has been annexed to Huntsville so the city’s engineering and zoning departments are handling the new developments; that’s why there still a little uncertainty.
So what will replace the mounds of dirt next to the golden arches?
“I had heard as far as a year ago that a gas fueling station would go in there however nothing has happened until just recently.”
Jones also speculates based on information he’s gathered about the land directly across the street from the shopping center at the intersection of Homer Nance Road:
“This is unconfirmed,” prefaced Jones, “but I have been told that a Mapco is going in on the north side and then possibly a Walgreens.”
The Huntsville City zoning department confirms the upcoming construction of a Walgreens Pharmacy at the location, but answers for what to expect for the property directly in front of Publix remain a little muddy.
Huntsville zoning department filed a zoning letter in February for an O’Reilly Auto Parts store, but say that doesn’t mean the company will follow through with purchasing.
Any hopes that a new major franchise restaurant could be coming to the area can be squelched for the most part due to the fact there have been no application submitted for liquor licenses. According to zoning administrators, that process would have already been in the works.
Commissioner Jones says even if the new developments aren’t as sexy as some new eating establishment, any development news in the county is good news.
“We are going to see a lot of growth in this area because of Winchester Road and the funding that’s going to be provided to improve Winchester Road, “Jones predicts, “so I think this area is going to explode.”