Montgomery Questplex Closer To Reality


By Alabama News Network

It's been two years since the City of Montgomery announced a plan for a new children's museum and library downtown.

Now the plans are almost finished and the city is getting ready to look for someone to build the new Questplex.
The City of Montgomery is putting the final touches on the architectural drawings and plans to start bidding for the project in the next few months.
"I am so excited about what's going to be happening in this building here. Not just for our city but for our region. We're going to have the children's museum of alabama here. We're also going to have the museum of the 21st century. So we're going to have the opportunity for life long learning," said Michael Briddell with the City of Montgomery.
One parent in the area is glad for another activity she can do with her kids in the city.
"I think Montgomery has done a fantastic job bringing familes together and opening many avenues and opportunities for lots of people so we're excited to see the change. I actually live in Prattville and we travel over here very often," said Stephanie Burton.
The city plans to include interactive exhibits that showcase the things that make Alabama special as well as housing the new main library.
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"An aviation component, possibly a civil rights march component, a bunch of elements that are going to make this a very unique space. And we think it will, we know it's gong to jump start progress and revitalization all the way up Dexter Avenue," said Briddell.
The Irish Bred Pub has already had a lot of success on Dexter Avenue and residents are excited for the new development.
"They're doing a good job. I'm proud of it coming back. This'll help the family people, the kids have somewhere to go. Go out shopping down here. I'm glad they're coming back. I'm glad Montgomery is coming back alive," said Montgomery resident Jimmy Borom.
The total project has a price tag of $22 million. 
The city already has some of the money in grants but look for a city campaign asking residents for $5 million to help.
Montgomery city leaders hope to break ground this fall and have the project finished by 2015.

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