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6th and Beltline

Posted by alalto on July 31, 2011


I apologize for how long it’s taken me to post about this.  Either way, here’s my take on the new development at 6th and Beltline.

Below is an excerpt from the Decatur Development Map, which you should take a look at 😉

Pay attention to the numbers and colors, they’ll help you figure out what’s going on.

Here’s a quick rundown:

Red means “Expected; awaiting construction”
Blue means “Completed”
Purple means “Proposed”

1) Shopping center, supposedly anchored by Kohl’s (they haven’t released the anchor yet, but it’s generally believed to be Kohl’s). 80,000 to 110,000 sqft.

2) Olive Garden: Currently occupied by Lynn Layton Cadillac. Lynn Layton Cadillac will move across 6th Ave (US 31) (the large road that runs north south). After Cadillac moves across 6th Ave, three takes place.

3) Lynn Layton Nissan and Cadillac move in together. Nissan will be remodeled once Cadillac moves over.

4) Kroger intends to build a fuel center in front of its building. At this moment, we don’t know where on that property it will be built.

5) New tenants have been announced for the Crossings of Decatur (anchored by Target) as:
– Moe’s Southwest Grill
– Gigi’s Cupcakes
– Shoe Show
– The Children’s’ Place

6) Bender’s Gym: A 33,000 sqft, $3.5 Million facility.

There’s also another development that I neglected to label on the map. The orange box immediately to the right of #2 (Olive Garden) is a Verizon Store that is currently under construction.

7) This is some proposed development spot. They didn’t really say anything about anyone looking at, simply that it was “prime real estate.”

Here’s the deal.

Most of this I expect to happen.  The city will benefit through increased tax revenue, substantially.  However, traffic is going to get bad.  The city plans improvements to the Beltline/Veterans Dr intersection, and there will be a light placed in front of the Kohl’s shopping center.

Eventually something is gonna have to give, and I don’t think we can expect anything to happen until the widening of the Beltline on the SE end.  Even with that widening, you still have the problems on 6th Ave and AL 67 east of US 31.  What we consider moderate traffic during the day (non rush hour times), can/will quickly grow into heavy.  It seems quite short-sighted of the city to only consider slight intersection improvements.

What else can we expect?  Sales tax produce is going to increase.  I don’t mean from the stores that are planned for construction, I’m talking about all over town.  Folks in Lawrence, Morgan, and northern Cullman Counties will have less of a reason to drive to Huntsville now, since Decatur is closer and will be more able to satisfy their shopping needs.  So, look for more traffic ALL OVER town.

As for when all of this will be completed, there’s no telling.  If I had to guess, I’d say mid 2013 would be the latest.  But, we all know how things progress in this city…

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2 Responses to “6th and Beltline”

  1. Elise said

    I believe, this development is exciting news for Decatur. In addition to this development the new Movie Theater and the redevelopment of the Decatur Mall should help attract more traffic from neighboring towns, such as Cullman. However, Decatur needs to do a better job of attracting young people; young professionals that is. For example, I am 25, single, female, and I work in Decatur as an advertising consultant. I have a well paying job, but there is nothing for me to do here. I find myself going else where (Florence, Madison or Huntsville), on the weekends, where there is more for young people like myself to do. This means, I am not spending that money in Decatur. It also means, I will not be investing in property here because it does not offer anything to support my active lifestyle. Something as simple as adding a Buffalo Wild Wings, or nice sports bar, would do wonders, in my opinion, for the quality of life for young folks in Decatur. There is also nowhere for us to live. Since there are no nice apartments, or rentals, available in this area, I am having to make the decision to add 16 miles (one-way) to my non-tax deductible commute each day by living in Madison and working in Decatur. It’s just frustrating. Young Professionals are the future and they should feel welcome and be able to reside in Decatur. Decatur will only prosper as a result.

    • alalto said

      Thanx for you input Elise! You’re right, there is truly nowhere for young professionals to leave in Decatur. The condos on the river were a great place, but those were quickly grabbed up by retirees. The city needs to do more to attract young professionals, yet it must also do more to accommodate those who already live in the River City.

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