Potential grant approval means growth on U.S. Highway 231 in Arab

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ARAB, Ala. —  The city of Arab is waiting to hear if it has been approved for a state grant to expand its sewer system in an area of the city. If the city is approved for the grant, that would mean growth on U.S. Highway 231.

The city council approved a grant request totaling about $150,000. If approved, it would go toward expanding the sewer system on a stretch of property on U.S. Highway 231. “We have a business that would like to locate to Arab, but we did not have sewer in front of that business,” Mayor Bob Joslin says, “We did have it up the road in front of the 21 acres that we currently own, that the city currently owns, and it would require an extension of 900 feet.”

The prospective business is a restaurant chain that will be named at a later date. The company told the city if the grant is approved it will build on that plot.

The proposed grant is an 80/20 match. The city already has an agreement in place with the property owner and the prospective business. That agreement provides that if the proposed grant were to be approved, those two parties would pay that 20 percent match.

The 900 foot extension through the other available property opens doors for more prospective growth. “That would make it attractive for that property that is available too, for potential businesses to tie on to the sewer,” Joslin explains.

The city expects to hear if it is approved for the grant in about three weeks. The unnamed restaurant chain interested in locating to Arab is expected to bring about 20 jobs to the area.