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Guntersville City Council changes ordinance for part of City Harbor, opens doors for development

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- With a successful vote by the city council, the city of Guntersville is opening up new doors for its City Harbor.

City Harbor in Guntersville sits just over River Bridge, off of U.S. Highway 431. The property is used for events, boaters, and people merely enjoying the water.

Now, a portion of it has new opportunities with a vote by the Guntersville City Council Monday night. "Last night we rezoned the two pieces of property at City Harbor that the city actually owns from industrial to BG1A, which is general business that allows on-premise alcohol," Guntersville Mayor Leigh Dollar says,

Mayor Dollar says the city council is hoping the move will make the property more marketable to a developer. "It will allow many, many things in that area versus just the industrial," Dollar explains.

The necessary avenues through TVA to get to this point were done prior to the vote.

The city is open to options and city officials say they would like to see something develop that fits into the historic look of downtown Guntersville, draw tourism to the area, and overall, enhance the city as a whole. "It could be a restaurant, it could be a hotel, it could be shops. Any type of general business could be in that area now," Dollar says.

City officials say depending on the situation the property would be sold or the city would work with the plans for development. "We just see this as the beginning of some future development that could be very good for our city," Mayor Dollar says.

The vote was unanimous. City officials say part of the land is already zoned the same way.

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