HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- It's easy to see that the face of downtown Huntsville continues to change. One of the major plans for the area is what city officials call Gateway Boulevard. The project will expand the existing Harvard Road, South of Governors Drive, north to Big Spring Park, ending at Williams Avenue, where Lowe Avenue is now. It will be four lanes, with a large grassy median, sidewalks, and a bike lane. Plans also call for extending Davis Circle to the roundabout on Monroe Street.
The Harvard Road expansion allows for a few buildings that typically sit away out of sight, to become prime real estate.
"All of the development plans are still up in the air right now," said Bill Chapman with Chapman Commercial Realty. "We don't have any firm plans, the buildings are available for lease or purchase."
Chapman represents the purchaser of about an acre and a half of property that will run directly on Harvard Road, right in the line of fire for downtown Huntsville.
"The details on the Captain D's property are it is under contract with a third party and that's about all I can disclose at this point," said Chapman.
The former Southerland Station building is available for sale or purchase. It's about 17,000 square feet. "We have several parties interested," he said. "We've had a couple of bakeries look at the building, a couple of craft beer companies look at the facility here."
Pearce Construction sits across from the new Artisan Lofts, but not for long. "The building will be taken down," said Chapman. "It will be turned into a parking lot for the former Southerland Station building."
There are a lot of changes happening to the area next to Twickenham Square. Chapman told WHNT News 19 he's excited that it's all happening and that the medical district is getting some of the attention. "There are lots of big things happening, it's a real exciting time to be in Huntsville after so many years of a stagnant type real estate market. We have so many opportunities coming right now as a community, I'm very excited to see it all happening."