Alberta City takes next step towards rebuilding

ALBERTA CITY, Ala. (WIAT) — Residents of Alberta City got their first look at the renderings of the Alberta Parkway Project Thursday night.

The project will connect the Alberta Performing Arts School, once completed, with Kicker Road. The construction on that project is expected to start at the beginning of next year.

It’s one of many projects that will be a part of the Tuscaloosa Greenway, which was outlined in the Tuscaloosa Forward plan adopted two years ago.

Bell Gandy, a resident of Alberta City, is excited about the project.

“It looks good on paper,” she said.

Gandy is also happy to see rebuilding come to Alberta, an area that seems to be behind other parts of the city and state.

A new fire station and rebuilt police precinct are some of the projects in the Alberta area, but most of University Boulevard is still vacant along the affected areas.

So, what’s the hold up for Alberta City?

“We wanted to build back slow and right,” Kip Tyner, the City Councilman for District 5 in Tuscaloosa, said. “It’s like “The Tortoise and the Hare.” No matter how many times you read that story, you know who always wins. That tortoise always wins, and he did it the right way.”

Tyner is happy the city is taking it’s time with Alberta City. He wants the rebuilding in the area to reflect the history of Alberta as well as move it forward as popular location in Tuscaloosa.

“You could have thrown up some strip malls, and this store and that little store, but would it have endured? I don’t think so.”

Meanwhile, residents like Gandy want more businesses back in the area to help rebuild Alberta.

“They do need more job opportunites. I guess it’s just a wait and see game.”

Copyright 2014 WIAT-TV WIAT 42 News

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