2015 to be a year of “cranes and cones” for downtown Huntsville

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View of downtown Huntsville from top of municipal parking deck

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) The new year is bringing big changes to downtown Huntsville.

Downtown Huntsville Inc. CEO Chad Emerson says, “we call it cranes and cones. The old Holiday Inn…that’s going to be demolished. You’re going to see a couple of other projects come out of the ground.”

Preparatory to demolition, crews are removing asbestos from inside the old hotel on Williams Avenue. The work could be finished as early as next week.

Once the building is torn down, construction will begin on Big Spring Square – a $70 million dollar development that will include a boutique hotel, restaurants, shops and apartments.

The project is expected to be completed by summer of 2016.

Another construction project involves Gateway Boulevard. The expansion of Harvard Road will also continue through the year and into early 2016.

Crews are building a four-lane boulevard from Governor’s Drive north toward Big Spring Park. It’s hoped the new road will draw more traffic from the medical district to downtown.

Despite the construction, popular downtown events – such as the street food rallies – are expected to continue in 2015.