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Old 11-13-2017, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Madison
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Starting a thread on Downtown Madison developments; specifically, the area within the Downtown Redevelopment Incentive (DRI) boundaries. I do this because there seems to be a lot of movement going on in/around downtown.


1.) The city is attempting to move the HSV Utilities substation on Sullivan Street to some land purchased across from Papa Jack's directly north of Kyser Boulevard. Why do this? Maybe they just need more space. Or maybe it's because development could soon be happening around the current location. Hence...
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2.) Zoning Text Amendment 2017- 003 seeks to absorb three lots into the DRI. This is because (and I quote):
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"An old machine shop currently occupies a portion of three of the lots. The property has recently been sold, and the inclusion into the District would create interest for future development because of the flexible development standards in the District. The small property at the extreme southeast corner of the subject area is a Huntsville Utilities substation and the easternmost property fronting Shorter Street is a city park."


3.) Lot's of ongoing work in downtown, including plans for a restaurant/bar in downtown...widening of Martin Street...more parking...large new building to expand an antique shop.


Please add to this thread if you have an interest in Downtown Madison. Thanks!


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Old 11-13-2017, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Madison, AL
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Is anybody ever going to do anything with the old hardware store, or are they waiting for it to fall down? It's kind of a large blight on a downtown that otherwise looks rather prosperous.
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Old 11-13-2017, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Jack-town, Sip by way of AL and FL
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I personally think Madison is about to undergo a huge real estate upswing, mainly for the schools.
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Old 11-13-2017, 11:22 PM
 
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I personally think Madison is about to undergo a huge real estate upswing, mainly for the schools.
That would be good. Maybe they can finally get somebody to start developing the large swathes of land in the city that have had "For Sale" signs on them for what seems like decades now.
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Old 11-14-2017, 05:46 AM
 
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I personally think Madison is about to undergo a huge real estate upswing, mainly for the schools.
Isn't the school system running out of money?
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Old 11-14-2017, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Rocket City, USA
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Starting a thread on Downtown Madison developments; specifically, the area within the Downtown Redevelopment Incentive (DRI) boundaries. I do this because there seems to be a lot of movement going on in/around downtown.


[font=Arial]1.) The city is attempting to move the HSV Utilities substation on Sullivan Street to some land purchased across from Papa Jack's directly north of Kyser Boulevard. Why do this? Maybe they just need more space. Or maybe it's because development could soon be happening around the current location
If they relocate the substation, I could see Kyser Blvd being extended across Sullivan to connect to Garner Street and to provide another connection to the stadium parking lot and over to Celtic Drive. I agree there is a lot of potential for the area south of Main Street and between Sullivan and Garner Street.
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Old 11-14-2017, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Madison
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If they relocate the substation, I could see Kyser Blvd being extended across Sullivan to connect to Garner Street and to provide another connection to the stadium parking lot and over to Celtic Drive. I agree there is a lot of potential for the area south of Main Street and between Sullivan and Garner Street.
Couldn’t agree more. They need to get a decent connection to the stadium and this is a pretty straight shot
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Old 11-14-2017, 07:50 AM
 
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I wish there was a politically correct way to relocate the public housing south of downtown. I've thought for years that if they could open up the area between Main Street and the stadium it would be great for downtown development. Are there still plans to build the big rec center down by the stadium? If so, even more reason to develop that area.
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Old 11-14-2017, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Madison, AL
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Isn't the school system running out of money?
The school system has adequate money to operate the existing system, but will be at capacity before long and lacks the capacity to build more schools before 2029 without a tax increase. Some of that is described in the link below:

http://www.madisonal.gov/DocumentCenter/View/10146

So I am sure the game plan is to stay quiet until after the December special election to ensure the ad valorem tax renewals on that ballot pass. (There are school tax renewals for the City of Madison, the City of Huntsville, and Madison County on that ballot.)

Madison County to hold special election to renew school taxes | AL.com

Then we will be hit with a request for a property tax increase, and I expect it will be substantial. Maybe the same or larger as the existing 11 mil tax that was voted in for the City of Madison schools a few years after the system split from Madison County.
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Old 11-17-2017, 07:00 AM
 
Location: SC TN
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Is anybody ever going to do anything with the old hardware store, or are they waiting for it to fall down? It's kind of a large blight on a downtown that otherwise looks rather prosperous.
I recall the owner telling me over 20 years ago that he was going to turn it into a pub/beer brewing place. That was during the original Kid's Kingdom build which was Oct. 2007. I forget the owner's name but I'm sure there are those here who know him.
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