HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Holiday Inn across from Big Spring Park has closed and sits vacant. Now, we wait to see what will go there.
The City of Huntsville has released a RFP, or Request for Proposals. This step will invite developers from all over the country to submit redevelopment proposals for the site.
What will they suggest? It could be a hotel, it could be lofts. It could be a combination or something entirely different — we’ll just have to wait and see, according to Chad Emerson, CEO of Downtown Huntsville, Inc.
“That’s the beauty of the RFP proposal – a request for proposal process – because it’s a blank slate – and you can build from the strategic site, overlooking the park, and decide what fits there best,” Emerson said.
“We think it will be one of the most popular sites that’s ever been made available in downtown, because what is really does is it bookends Big Spring Park with the square/Big Spring Park east with the southwestern end – so we think it’s going to be a really, well sought-after site,” Emerson added.
A few blocks north from the Holiday Inn site sits the partially demolished Coca-Cola bottling plant at the corner of Clinton Avenue and Monroe Street.
Emerson says an out-of-town developer has an option to purchase the nine-acre site but there are still negotiations going on for the site. He says the bottling plant site is among a handful of "gateway properties" that tell visitors they are entering downtown.
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