From The Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — Some of the architects and designers working on Trussville’s Downtown Entertainment District said they are working on putting the final touches on the project.
TURNERBATSON has helped transform the area into a walkable, family-friendly district.
Trussville Mayor Buddy Choat said the area surrounding the stage and pavilion should be open by the end of August 2020.
“We think we’re going to be one of the better entertainment districts around our area,” Choat added. “We’re excited to bring some great shows and other things for families to enjoy.”
The stage includes a 27 feet wide LED video wall that will be available for movie nights, concert simulcasts and sporting events. The outdoor venue will have room for up to 2,500 people.
“This is a one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime project,” said TURNERBATSON President Dave Reese. “I love the scale and vibe of this new district. It reflects the personality, history, and individuality of Trussville and it will be a vibrant attraction to this very special city.”
Construction continued through the coronavirus pandemic, although heavy rains at the beginning of the year did cause progress to slow. Thankfully, Choat said workers were able to make up for some of the lost time over the past few weeks.
Also nestled inside the district are new parking lots, a green space, benches, beautiful streetscapes and sidewalks. Bike racks will also be installed. Work has been done to remove all above-ground utilities and there have been improvements made to intersections on Highway 11.
“We’re excited to see the progress on Highway 11,” Choat said. “We’ve already made some improvements on South Chalkville Road that people can see now, with some curbs and gutters.”
Choat said work on the new plaza area, where Braden’s furniture used to be, will begin in July.
The Loop Road Project is also underway to improve traffic in downtown Trussville.