By Gary Lloyd
TRUSSVILLE — The owners of the land being excavated on both sides of Husky Parkway along Deerfoot Parkway believe it’s an area that will boom.
“We think and believe that this is the future of Trussville because we realize that there’s nothing else that can be developed commercially in Trussville,” said Moore Oil Company President Ron Moore.
Site work on the approximately 14 acres of land is expected to be complete by May 1. There are not yet any deals in place for potential tenants.
Ron Moore said the objective with the development is to be “upscale and first class there with whatever we do.” He noted that the development is surrounded by Deerfoot Baptist Church, NorthPark Baptist Church and Hewitt-Trussville High School.
“If it’s offensive to the churches and the schools, it’s offensive to us,” Ron Moore said.
Moore Oil Company Vice President Joey Moore, Ron’s son, is his partner in the development. He said the development could be called Deerfoot Promenade. Ron Moore said the company is open to suggestions for the name and that he will talk to Trussville Mayor Gene Melton about it.
Moore Oil Company, based in Center Point, knows all about Trussville. Joey Moore helped build the first Chalkville Mountain Road business, a Phillips 66, in 1977. Ron Moore said the company currently has 11 businesses in Trussville.
“We’ve always had a soft spot for Trussville,” Joey Moore said.
More than 200,000 yards of material have been moved by Milam & Company at the site since November. Another 100,000 is anticipated to be moved. Piping is in and utilities will be added after May 1. Joey Moore said also by May 1, the company will have settled on a realty company that will represent it in lease holdings.
“We’re excited. We see this development as just encouraging other like kind development,” Joey Moore said. “It’s like putting a little kindling under a lot of wood. We’re the kindling. I feel like that area is going to really explode.”
Ron Moore graduated from Hewitt High School in 1954. He said he has a “great feeling” for Trussville.
“We watched Trussville come a long way,” he said. “Trussville’s been good to us, and we want to be good for Trussville.”
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