Next Step In Downtown Madison Makeover

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MADISON, Ala.(WHNT)-Pumping life back into historic downtown Madison is on the menu for city leaders.

Madison Mayor Troy Trulock said the long-awaited downtown revitalization plan is now ready to enter Phase Two, with city council members scheduled to vote on approval of advertising funds for a project bid at Monday night’s city council meeting. Mayor Trulock told WHNT News 19 that the downtown makeover is still on track despite being delayed.

“I would expect that we’ll start Phase Two construction within the next sixty days, and should probably finish by late summer,” said Trulock. “It’s time for us to revitalize and bring people back to downtown.”

Original plans called for Phase Two of the downtown project to be finished by the end of 2013, a timeline Mayor Trulock said had to be adjusted due to the onset of cooler weather. The relocation of Old Black Bear Brewery to downtown Madison remains the crown jewel in the city’s revitalization blueprint, which calls for up to ten other businesses to set up shop in the historic area by mid-2015. Road and sidewalk improvements along with utility upgrades are the bulk of what the city will be paying for once the work begins. City officials said the estimated price tag is between $2 and $3 million.

“They [Old Black Bear Brewery] would like to be in and operational about the same time we finish the downtown revitalization, so I would say this summer they’re going to be up and ready to serve some beer downtown.”

Plans call for Old Black Bear Brewery to occupy a building adjacent to the Bandido Burrito. Managers at the brewery were not available to speak on camera, but they did tell WHNT News 19 that the company remains committed to its Madison relocation despite recent delays. Brewery owners said their target opening date was June 2014.

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