City hires design firm to begin work on mixed-use facilities near 119 Thompson Road – Reuters

By EMILY REED | Special for the journalist

ALABASTER – Albaster City Council recently approved the hiring of a design firm to begin work on a multipurpose facility near the recently purchased school property.

The project is designed by CMH Architects, with the agreement between the city and the company not to exceed $62,250.

“This company has a great track record with notable projects here including Summit Mall, Spain Park High School in Hoover, and Town Madison near Huntsville,” said Neal Wagner, public information officer for the city of Alabaster. . “They will be looking at how we can best use the property the city recently purchased at the intersection of Thompson Road and Highway 119 to provide a recreation center, event space, adequate parking, parks, development commercial space and possibly a new library.”

This project is one of the first steps toward transforming the area into something “really special” and “much needed” for Alabaster residents, Wagner said.

The Council decided to go ahead and start engaging with the design firm as soon as possible to give them enough time to work on the design of the project.

In January, the city purchased 24 acres from Alabaster City Schools near the intersection of Alabama 119 and Thompson Road to house a new urban recreation center, retail development, and park and green space.

Through the agreement with ACS, the school board’s central office will move from its current location to a new location near Thompson High School within the next 18-24 months following the construction of a new facility near the entrance. back of high school.

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