More Development In Montgomery in 2013


By Ashley Thompson

New Development is underway downtown -- designed to make the area more vibrant.

Officials in the Capitol City are trying to revitalize Montgomery by taking tips from other cities.

"One of the things we try to do is we try to see what's successful in other cities and which generates interest both from retailers and from residents and from guests and we try to take some of those great ideas and adapt them to Montgomery," says Chad Emerson - Director of Development.

One of the projects included in the plan is the Irish Bred Pub, located on Dexter Avenue. The pub will be equipped with big screen TV's and will have 3 levels.

"The first floor is kind of a bar area, the second floor is main dining and the third floor is more entertainment," says Consultant Roger Fisher.

Construction on the pub will be complete by early February but Fisher says locals are already anxious for its grand opening.

"During the construction process, daily, people come by and say you don't know how many thousands of people in the area are waiting for the pub to open up," he says.

Overlook Park is being renovated and will be renamed the Wright Brothers Park. Construction is currently underway and Emerson says with the interstate so close, it's sure to attract tourists.

"There's a lot of options for people to go to but we have two major high traffic interstates that come through the city and we need people to say - hey i'm going to stay in Montgomery, I'm going to stop in Montgomery, I'm going to hold my event there," he says.  

A new unnamed boat ramp park located on the Alabama River will allow people to rent canoes and will include water-front dining.

"What we're going to try to promote more and more is how can we use the river as an economic development factor," says Emerson.  "We think that river is right now a gem in the rough waiting to be realized even more."

Emerson told us he predicts Montgomery will generate more revenue from sales tax and lodge tax as a result of all the development.


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