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DECATUR, Ala. (AP) _ The Sweetwater development is on hold right now, according to Decatur's mayor Don Kyle.

Part of the issue is a legal dispute over the property, which may have become a Bass Pro Outdoor World store with other shops and housing in the future under the deal.

"Right now the developer and the landowner are in litigation and there's nothing that can be done [for the project to move forward] until that's settled," said Decatur council member Chuck Ard Monday evening.

Ard said the plan can't continue as previously approved by the city because there's not enough time or wiggle room in the contract, which expires on December 31 at midnight.

He said it will become void since the requirements for it to be at a certain point by the end of the year haven't been met.

"Sweetwater as we know it today will cease to exist [on Wednesday night]," he said.

We asked what would happen after that deadline passes and 2015 begins.

"We have had no conversations with that," said Ard, "but we'll have to see... what do we do?"

Decatur Mayor Don Kyle said the city is certainly still interested in pursuing economic development at the site, located off Highway 72 and Interstate 65. It's a "sweet spot" for growth they would like to work with.

"It's an exciting prospect," he said, "no matter when it happens. We certainly hope it'll be sooner rather than later."

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