TRUSSVILLE, AL (WBRC) - Downtown Trussville is about to be transformed into a more family-friendly place.
Demolition is currently taking place. The biggest change is set to take place on Main Street and along North Chalkville Road.
Four buildings will come down, including the well-known Braden's building. The plan is to add parking and a brick plaza.
"We’re trying to make it family friendly and new and exciting adventure for somebody coming into Trussville maybe that has never been here and for those who live here who wanted a downtown area. It’s not a very big area. They wanted a walkable downtown to where they can walk and shop and eat all at the same time,” Trussville Mayor Buddy Choat said.
Along with the demo, there are also several construction and improvement projects planned along Main Street and the adjoining Cedar Lane.
We’re told the property behind Slag Heap Brewing Company will serve as a hot spot for entertainment and will include new restaurants, a pavilion and an amphitheater. City leaders hope the changes will bring in more business, for an already growing downtown area.
Local realtor Wayne Taylor who's also a former longtime city councilman says this project has been in the making for years.
"This is going to mean to much for the citizens of Trussville. They will be able to do a lot of things here that they’ve had to go outside of the city limits to do and they’ll be able to enjoy our downtown finally like we’ve all hoped they could,” Taylor said.
A lot of the utility lines like cable and internet are also going to be moved.
Mayor Choat says the revitalization will also include new sidewalks, decorative lighting and landscaping. The city hopes the main infrastructure work will be complete within 18 months.