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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The Holiday Inn, near the Von Braun Center, will be torn down in the near future making room for a brand new development.

Big Spring Partners says the site will be available for redevelopment and the space could include a new hotel, restaurants, and residential living space.

Chad Emerson, CEO of Downtown Huntsville Inc.

Chad Emerson, CEO of Downtown Huntsville Inc.

City leaders and development groups made the announcement Friday afternoon. Current employees were informed of the closure Friday morning.

The Holiday Inn will be closed on December 15 and proposals to redevelop the property, currently leased by Big Spring Partners and owned by the City of Huntsville, will be accepted early next year.

"This facility has been an important asset to our downtown for many years," said John Stallworth, Big Spring Partners, Inc.'s board chairman. "We are pleased that this site will continue to serve downtown as a key redevelopment site for years to come."

The City of Huntsville plans to begin accepting requests for proposals for the property in spring of 2014, but ideas for redevelopment are already being shared.

Mayor Tommy Battle said the possibilities for redevelopment are unlimited.

"This is a phenomenal location in our downtown area," said Mayor Battle.  "As we reposition this property, we want to see proposals that will bring excitement to our community and bring even more energy to downtown."

Chief Executive Officer for Downtown Huntsville, Inc. said the location will allow downtown to grow.

"Downtown Huntsville has realized important development growth over the last several years.  This site is ideally positioned to serve as a signature location in that continued revitalization," said Emerson.

The downtown Holiday Inn, which originally opened as a Hilton,  is a 270 room hotel.  President/CEO for the Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau Judy Ryals said that a Homewood Suites located in the new Twickenham Square development will bring more hotel rooms to the area in the next few months.

City leaders say they are working with Chamber of Commerce for Huntsville/Madison County and other hotels in the area to host job fairs for the employees.

Downtown Huntsville, Inc. is encouraging residents to share their ideas and thoughts on what they would like to see at the property.

"We'd like to hear what our residents want to see downtown," said Emerson.  "Whether it's a mixed use urban development, a downtown ballpark, a new hotel, more park space, or anything in between, we really want to know what people feel will be the best use for the property."

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  • dalgoda (@dalgoda)

    OH PLEASE..can we please have MORE Lawyers, Doctors, Banks, and Government offices downtown…I really think we need more of these. We don’t have enough now! Please make my dream come true!

  • James Coble

    Ronald Reagan stayed at that hotel during his visit to Huntsville on July 4, 1984 – when he spoke at the Spirit of America Festival at Point Mallard. It was the Hilton then.

  • AlaScot

    No more trees!!! Let’s have layers and layers of concrete and high rise buildings. Such a beautiful sight.

  • laura

    Soo.. we can rebuild downtown but can’t stop the amount of buildings being robbed, a school whose name is change for no other reason other eh, we are tired of JO Johnson… fix the town not down town. What about all the empty stores up and down university drive, down the parkway.. fix the town, bring more growth to the city iwht business EMPLOYMENT not take down and rebuild what is there already!

  • john

    What a shame. I recall this hotel (when it was the Hilton), had President Reagon stay when he visited Huntsville during the 80’s.

  • Kim T

    Our Convention was supposed to be held there in February 2014. Sad that we have to find a new place on such short notice. The Holiday Inn and it’s staff were the best this past February and our convention was a success. Oh well….back to the drawing board.

  • Myrna King

    It is about time. They could just build a new hotel on the same site. The one that is there now is in dis-repair. Having stayed in this hotel many times, I am not sad to see it go! All the systems are failing. The only thing that is good is the staff. They try to do the best they can with a sinking ship. But it is sinking fast.

  • Linda Scheer

    Holiday in needs to be torn down and a new one built. What is there has been a health hazard for years with all it’s mold and midew, not to mention the old smoking residue!

  • Ellen Heyer

    What? Where will Carlos go? So sad for the employees! Building full of mold and outdated, needed to be torn down years ago though.

  • Zula

    Ridiculous. Building more housing units when there are so many houses on the market not selling, and so many empty apartment complexes in Huntsville. Why not tear down hazards like the old school next to the library? What is wrong with Big Spring Partners? Rich getting richer is all I can say.

  • Read Between the Lines

    Why are two “nonprofits” (Big Spring Partners and Downtown Huntsville Inc.) developing land owned by the City of Huntsville? Can you explain this to me? The land belongs to the citizens of Huntsville, not the “nonprofits” mentioned in the article above.

  • Read Between the Lines

    Does anyone notice a strange relationship between the City of Huntsvillle and the “nonprofit” mentioned in the article? The last time I checked, city-owned land belongs to all taxpayers, not one specific group of people. Why the obvious favoritism? Why is a “nonprofit” developing land owned by the City of Huntsville? Do you sense any corruption here?

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