By Scott Buttram
TRUSSVILLE –The Trussville city council voted Tuesday night to expand the downtown boundaries following a request from the Downtown Redevelopment Authority.
The DRA had requested the expansion to include the former Marvins building to the south and part of the transition zone from Kay Avenue to Tutwiler on U.S. Highway 11 which will now fall into the downtown district.
The boundary is also extended northward on North Chalkville Road to include the existing antique mall. The northern boundary which extends to the Cahaba bridge on Highway 11 did not change.
“The action taken Tuesday to expand the district a bit was done to include a few areas that we, the authority, believe are vital to the appropriate the feel of downtown as we go about recruiting developers, investors and businesses to make downtown a destination,” DRA chairman Jef Freeman said.
The expansion allows DRA to undertake projects within the boundary and coincides with the master plan.
“We hope to be able to aid and promote new development as well as assist existing businesses improve their appearance that they might gain new business,” Freeman said. “We thank the city for their continued support to achieve these goals.”