Town Madison infrastructure work underway

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) -- From crops to shops, the transformation of Town Madison is well underway. The 700 acres of soon-to-be commercial and business developments are located along Interstate 565 and Zierdt Road.

"It's going to go from what's currently farm land and a big hillside to just a tremendous amount of retail and economic opportunity for western Madison County," said Madison County Commissioner Steve Haraway.

Officials broke ground on the $400 million project 10 months ago, but crews fell three months behind after the wild weather in early 2015.

"We're slowly catching up," Haraway said.

The main focus is now on putting the proper infrastructure in place. Many of the roadways are already laid out, but officials continue to wait for final approval of a Zierdt Road interchange. It is expected to come from ALDOT in the next 60 days,

Meanwhile, developers remain tight-lipped about the mixed-use center's potential retailers.

"They're still working with several tenants to try to determine what's going to be the anchor tenants and then what will be the other tenants that follow those guys," said Haraway, "but nothing has been actually signed at this point, but they're still working and they feel pretty good about some people right now."

He said developers are talking to roughly 60 companies, including 10 potential anchor stores.

The first announcements are expected this fall, with businesses slated to be open by mid-to-late 2016.

"A lot of that will be determined by the actual completion date of the roads, when the retailers sign and that type stuff, but that's still the goal," said Haraway.

When Town Madison up and running, it is expected to create 1,600 jobs. The shopping district is also projected to produce $1.8 million per year in new sales tax dollars for Madison City, Huntsville City and Madison County schools.

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