North Parkway revitalization continues in Huntsville

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)--  Huntsville City Council unanimously voted to purchase two more parcels of land off North Memorial Parkway to continue the area's revitalization.

One of those parcels is the old Terry's Pizza building ,which has fallen into disrepair since the restaurant closed. It's part of North Parkway that doesn't look pretty.

"It just looks really sad," explained Sharon Walker, Founder of the nearby Rose of Sharon Soup Kitchen and Thrift Store. "It really needs to be perked up and something good done with it."

City leaders have been studying sites off the parkway for possible revitalization. We're told this old restaurant site would be cleared, and then possibly some of it put back on the market, with the rest becoming green space. It's a chance for the area to get a new look, and also for the city to turn around an area that's been hurting since the overpasses went in and ate up much of the parking surrounding those retail businesses, city planners explained. They said these changes will pave the way for other retail growth, and hopefully start a trend in this part of town.

Walker would love to see that happen.

"It's really needed," she explained. We've had a lot of businesses in this shopping strip and in this area just come and go over the years. No one ever really lasts very long because it's such a tough area."

She said her store hasn't been doing so well either, these days.

"It's very dire, we're not in a good way," she said, citing fears they may have to close by the end of the year if they don't get more support.  Part of it is the economy, she admits, but she thinks the lack of parking and the way the area looks may also have something to do with it.

"We really just struggle just to be here because it doesn't look like a place you want to go to," she said.