Redstone Gateway construction moves forward, restaurants and hotel to come

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The Redstone Gateway project has been in the works since 2010. Defense contractor DRS Technologies and Boeing are already settled in, and the park is getting bigger.

Just take a look to your right next time you head toward Gate 9. Greg Hall, Redstone Gateway Project Executive, said the dirt you'll see being moved will soon be The Shops at Redstone Gateway, the amenity center for the park.

"It's 120,000 square feet of retail that will include offices, also include some conferencing," Hall listed. He said the first building should be ready by the second quarter of 2016, and several restaurants are already committed to moving in. He couldn't share exactly what they were, but he offered, "I can tell you it's three new restaurant concepts... to Huntsville. So they don't exist anywhere else." He said these were two fast, casual options and a sit-down bar/restaurant.

He added the visitor center will also be moved at some point. Its interim location will be in the first retail building.

"I think it's good for the visitor center. It provides a place for people to meet and it does open up more property for development," he said.

In its place, further development. It sits on one of the outparcels of land for the project.

Hall said as Redstone Gateway construction continues, Redstone Arsenal benefits from the lease of its land.

"The more square footage we build, the more revenue the arsenal will receive," he explained.

A move of Gate 9 further back is also in the works, and coming down the pike could even be a new I-565 interchange to compensate for traffic several years down the road. Hall said when the whole Redstone Gateway is completed between 15 and 20 years from now, an approximate 23,000 people could be working there. Traffic would certainly be taken into consideration, so the planning for that is underway now.

Hall explained the buildings in Redstone Gateway are energy-efficient and in a good location for contractors to do their business, as well as attract and keep employees.