Council member would like to re-develop Century Plaza

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - City Council member Kim Rafferty is pushing her plans for the re-development of the now empty Century Plaza Mall. The mall is in her district and it was shut down last year after the owners struggled with increasing vacancies.

Rafferty, one of the council's newest members, says she is ready to do something with the site. She would like to see it developed into a junior college or a vocational training center for high school students. Hotels, restaurants and family entertainment, such as a movie theatre, are also options she would like to promote. Rafferty says the site should be utilized, not demolished.
"It's a horrible sight to come through that area and not see anything but the back side of new Wal-mart shopping center. (We) need to get new development," says Rafferty. "So it will invite people to come off the interstate spend their money."

Rafferty plans to meet with the owners of the property. She says she hopes to have a completed action plan by summer so that she can present her ideas to the mayor and council.