Alabaster making plans for new retail development

ALABASTER, Ala. (WIAT) — The Alabaster City Council voted to approve an incentive package that would allow a new retail development project to begin in the area.

The proposed 350,000 square foot development would be across Highway 31 from the Propst Promenade Shopping Center and called District 31.

“It is going to change the Gateway of our city. We are so excited because this area is the entrance, the first impression that people get to the city of alabaster,” said Alabaster Mayor Marty Handlon.

She said the development will include stores that can’t currently be found in Alabaster as well as office space and an entertainment district.

“A place that people can just hang out and just enjoy gathering together so our community really need something like that,” said Handlon.

The developer, Alumni Properties, estimates annual sales could top $100 million dollars.

“We are so excited that the development company came to us with the project because it is going to change the gateway of Alabaster,” Handlon said.

The groundbreaking is expected in about six months. The hope is to have the project completed by spring of 2019.

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