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Mayor unveils comprehensive redevelopment plan for Trussville Downtown

By Tanna Friday

For the Tribune

 TRUSSVILLE — Today Mayor Buddy Choat showed off the downtown redevelopment plan the local business leaders during the monthly Chamber of Commerce luncheon revealing the citys plan to enhance and energize the Trussvilles economic development. Mayor Choat explained that the new plan will invigorate the historic downtown to be attractive, safe and family-friendly.

The corner building of the former Braden’s Furniture will be razed for a public plaza and Brik Realty will renovate the second building.

 The downtown revitalization plans, being developed by the Trussville Downtown Redevelopment Authority, city officials and outside consultants, have a goal of several catalyst projects that would rehabilitate many historic buildings and enliven Main Street. Its a comprehensive project hard to visualize now despite several outward improvements, but is the start of a process that could bring changes both large and small.

 The intersection of Main Street and Chalkville Road, also considered as the heart of Trussville, will be a gateway project providing the streets with sidewalks, an intersection with a wider turn radius, and decorative street lights.

To include this gateway to downtown, the project area will involve razing the corner portion of the former Braden Furniture buildings for a public plaza. The rendering suggests pedestrian corridors, way-findings and branding, and primary streetscapes – with sidewalks, trees, and a unique city fountain.

The city had bought the Braden property several years ago to widen the road,says Choat. The Council and I have decided that we have a better plan that we shared with the Chamber that will connect the road and wrap around that corner. We are going to take that corner building down.

Edgar’s Bakery will be located on Main Street downtown.

 Last Tuesday, the Council approved a plan for Brik Realty to purchase and renovate the former Bradens building which is second from the corner on Main Street. The Mayor says that if the building passes all the inspections, the building will remain, but undergo extensive renovations.

 Kevin Sargent, vice president of operations at Brik Realty said he was looking forward to being a part of the citys redevelopment plan through a new partnership, Trussvegas LLC., with Brik president Gusty Gulas. 

“Gusty and I are very excited about the opportunity to have a part in transforming the image of downtown Trussville,” Sargent said. “Brik’s success in the eastern Birmingham market and more specifically Trussville market has led us to searching out a new space for our continued growth.”

The Mayor adds that the corner Braden building will be torn down to take part in the roads widening, a pedestrian plaza, and other enhancements.

The Edgar’s Bakery building will include an additional 2,400 square feet of retail space for lease.

We are working with Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) on the corner of the intersection,Choat said. We are going to take down the existing poles, the turn radius will be a lot larger, add new traffic signals with mast arms and decorative lighting.

 Additionally, rehabilitating historic buildings in Trussvilles immediate downtown area is considered a priority.

Local businesses who have made renovation efforts on Main Street include the Trussville Tribune, Gunter Oil, Hitchcock Maddox Financial Partners and Keller Williams. New renovations underway include the Slag Heap Brewery, which will open its doors this December, and the building at 410 Main Street.

Another Main Street property unveiled in the Trussvilles downtown revitalization plan is the construction of Edgars Bakery. Architectural drawings of the bakery were prepared by architect David Reese of Turner Batson Architects.

 Edgars, the popular Birmingham-based bakery, purchased the former Stix and Stuff furniture property, located across the street from Moes Original Bar B Que, from the city midSept. for $500,000. The twenty-three page development agreement between Edgars Trussville, LLC and the city includes construction to begin by Nov. 30 of this year with a final completion date of Dec. 31, 2018.

The Edgar’s building will include approximately 2,400 square feet of additional retail space which will be leased to a yet to be named business.

 They will have a plan to submit to council and placed on their sign probably next month,says Choat. Were excited. It was a long time in the works and I think its great for the City of Trussville, and downtown, to help us in our renovation of downtown.

Choat said when the idea of revitalization came, interest flowed from multiple sources.

The enthusiasm came when we, as mayor and council, took office. We all campaigned on the new downtown Trussville,says Choat, who is nearing the end of his first year as mayor.

 The enthusiasm is not only from the people of Trussville, but people outside of Trussville, who are now seeing what can happen here,Choat said. They want to come to a safe environment that has a wonderful neighborhood, great community support,  and events that are family-friendly. Our whole downtown area should grow from this experience and we are excited about that.

The city is currently working with the utilities companies and local entities to ensure the project is clean and professional looking. As far as the timeline for completion, Choat said that within 12t o 18 months residents should begin to see the transformation.

 This time next October, you will be able to tell what this will look like,Choat said, referring to the citys many phases. We have streets, sidewalks, lights and businesses to move in here. Its going to happen within the next 18 months or so.

 The Chamber luncheon, held at the Trussville Civic Center, was sponsored by Trussville Gas and Water.

Comments

  1. Mike Jay says:

    Looks like Trussville will be the next Hoover

  2. Mike Jay says:

    Looks like Trussville will be the next Hoover

  3. Ian Maddox says:

    Trussville will soon be the best little village in all of central Alabama!

  4. Ian Maddox says:

    Trussville will soon be the best little village in all of central Alabama!

  5. Love it! Best little town with a big ambition for improvement!

  6. Love it! Best little town with a big ambition for improvement!

  7. Are these drawings what the buildings will actually look like? There have been so many different renderings of the “new downtown” over the years of what things will look like that it has been hard to believe we are finally going to get the updates done. I am so excited that I might actually live to see this project done!

  8. Are these drawings what the buildings will actually look like? There have been so many different renderings of the “new downtown” over the years of what things will look like that it has been hard to believe we are finally going to get the updates done. I am so excited that I might actually live to see this project done!

  9. Kay Hicks says:

    Another 280 for traffic

  10. Kay Hicks says:

    Another 280 for traffic

  11. In the past, you’ve often seen several artist renderings of what downtown “could” look like depending on a potential developer’s interest. All of the drawings in today’s stories have been approved by the specific developers of these projects. While design often evolves during the building process and changes are sometimes made out of necessity, these renderings are probably pretty close to the final product.

  12. In the past, you’ve often seen several artist renderings of what downtown “could” look like depending on a potential developer’s interest. All of the drawings in today’s stories have been approved by the specific developers of these projects. While design often evolves during the building process and changes are sometimes made out of necessity, these renderings are probably pretty close to the final product.

  13. That looks nothing like Hoover.

  14. Ian Maddox says:

    Jennifer Chinnis Lawley glad you said it first. Hoover has nothing like this aside from maybe the corner that is; The Preserve.

  15. Mike Jay says:

    Stay tune ladies…its coming Trussville will be the Hoover of the Eastside..

  16. Pretty sure Ian Maddox is not a lady, and I’d love to hear your reasoning behind this, that is if you actually have an argument.

  17. Cool!! I cannot wait to be able to enjoy downtown!

  18. Mike, there’s plenty of room for you outside of Hoover and Trussville city limits. Don’t let the door hit ya on your way out.

  19. Mike Jay says:

    Rose Herring Cobb child please bless your heart…Westside is coming to the Eastside…stay tune

  20. Jessica Toro Hardisson

  21. My only concern is traffic control and traffic flow to ensure safety of pedestrians. Right now Highway 11 is a parking lot certain times a day. Then other times get out of the way it a raceway.

  22. They never think about that until it’s too late. All they see is $$$

  23. Hoping to see these changes come to fruition in my lifetime!

  24. There will be three ways to enter highway 11, all three with traffic lights. Chalkville Rd will not be alone anymore.

  25. Once again…please let’s get those awful Serta Mattress signs off the Braden Building now! They look awful.

  26. Tax revenue is good for the city’s budget until you have to address the additional traffic. I don’t see that being addressed.

  27. I’m glad to see this moving forward; however, I have deep concerns over traffic. Highway 11/ Main Street cannot hold anymore traffic, especially in train delays and peak times. When the train blocks S Chalkville Road, there is a mosh pit in the turn lane between downtown and Waterson Parkway. Add in trying to get in/out of businesses across traffic and it is a nightmare. It takes hours to relieve traffic. Now we add an entertainment venue in the same area (which I support). The only solution is another bridge over the railroad. Is that planned? Extra roads on the north side of the railroad won’t help this problem without more “smart” traffic lights to sense traffic.

  28. Ian Maddox says:

    Ground breaking in the next six months, massive change within 24 months.

  29. That is exciting news!!!

  30. 280 want have nothing on Hwy 11 for long. The Roads need attention before a Damn Brewery.

  31. Due to the gridlock on Hwy11, when will it be widened to at least a turn lane from Mohawk to Camp Coleman?

  32. Just wish they would finish something they start.

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