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    Judy Williams Coleman

    It will take a lot of work to try to make downtown look cute! Nothing much cute their

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    Chuck Biddinger

    This is Melton’s long term project. I am happy for him. I am more happy that I moved out of Trussville so I do not have to fight the traffic.

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    Chuck Biddinger

    This is Melton’s long term project. I am happy for him. I am more happy that I moved out of Trussville so I do not have to fight the traffic.

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    Shone Foley Waite

    *THERE* is amazing potential downtown. What are you basing your opinions on?

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    Judy Williams Coleman

    Shone Foley Waite when I drive through downtown Trussville it is a shame just nothing here! You want to see a cute town go to Northport now that’s a cute town!

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    Judy Williams Coleman

    Shone Foley Waite when I drive through downtown Trussville it is a shame just nothing here! You want to see a cute town go to Northport now that’s a cute town!

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    Shone Foley Waite

    Judy Williams Coleman I appreciate that Northport is cute, but we live in Trussville, so let’s stay on point. Northport probably took some TLC to be as cute as it is too.

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    Shone Foley Waite

    Judy Williams Coleman I appreciate that Northport is cute, but we live in Trussville, so let’s stay on point. Northport probably took some TLC to be as cute as it is too.

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    Judy Williams Coleman

    Shone Foley Waite you asked what I was basing my option on! This city needs to finish the park they started so we have a place to walk!

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    Judy Williams Coleman

    Shone Foley Waite you asked what I was basing my option on! This city needs to finish the park they started so we have a place to walk!

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    Shone Foley Waite

    Judy Williams Coleman I agree 100%. I just think to comment that the downtown has nothing cute is very negative since they are planning on renovating it all. The whole point of the renovation is to make it cute and desirable.

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    Judy Williams Coleman

    Shone Foley Waite well if the do it that’s one thing but we shall see what a mess they make then run out of money! This city likes to tear down and tear up and not compleat things they start

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    Marilyn Raney

    the park is an ALDOT project and the City has very little control over the timetable.

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    Lee Brewer

    Funny how election time gets all kinds of things “jump-started”.

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    Lee Brewer

    Shone Foley Waite all the city has done is spend $16k on a fence and then blame the state, that was 3 years ago.

    http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2013/06/contractor_out_fence_going_up.html

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    Scott Buttram

    Chuck, the long-term project would be the master plan for downtown and the grant program recently unveiled by the Trussville Redevelopment Authority. This is a singular plan for two buildings with a unique set of circumstances. It does have promise, but the long range plan as outlined by RDA is the key to redeveloping downtown. That plan will need to be funded by the city council and I think the desire is there for that to happen. If the council moves forward with a funding plan, we’ll be looking at opportunities for dozens of buildings.

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    Chuck Biddinger

    Scott, thanks for the update. If the folks in Trussville want to spend their $$$ on this, I have no problem. They must agree with Melton because he keeps getting reelected. Folks are very upset about the 200 new garden homes being built in Trussville city limits near Argo.

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    Melanie Saunders Hightower

    Why hadn’t he already done it?

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    Jaime Melton Anderson

    The council voted “no” last night on the jump-start proposal, requesting more time to consider purchasing the property. Hopefully they will reconsider the issue in a few weeks, because this proposed deal was more about the city acquiring needed property at a discount…the offer to update the facade to match TDRA renderings was a bonus. What always seems to be missing in these discussions is an acknowledgment by all parties that the majority of downtown is private property – even at last night’s council meeting, it was never stated plainly that only a few lots downtown are owned by the city and that no one can promise redevelopment. Neither the Mayor, Council or TDRA have any legal authority to force property owners to renovate their buildings. It would be beautiful if owners could make their properties look like the drawings we all love, but there isn’t much business incentive to update a fully-rented structure. The TDRA grant proposal aims to be that incentive over the long-run (all the city leaders agree that the TDRA has done great work putting the proposal together), but actual paint on mortar updates through a grant vehicle that is in the approval process will take time…this proposed first update could have been completed by Mr. Gunter’s contractor within the next 45 days. Citizens who feel the council shouldn’t be spending tax money on private property downtown would be displeased with both paths to redevelopment, because they both obligate taxpayer money.

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