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  1. Great idea. I think a movie theater would be a great addition to Constellation. I know that in the early renderings, there was (what appeared to be) a movie theater planned as an anchor. Maybe it'll come back up in the final product. True, it might be a bit far from the core, but it's probably the most visible location. And it appears that downtown is moving in that direction, and will continue to do so as long as this height limit debacle continues....

  2. Looks like the airport's going to have to find yet another low-cost carrier... Allegiant's leaving.


    Las Vegas, NV -- Allegiant Air will end two scheduled routes from Greensboro to Florida.

    The airline announced Friday it will stop service from Greensboro to Orlando and Tampa Bay.

    Allegiant will also end service from Huntsville, AL to Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, FL. The carrier will also cancel flights between Phoenix-Mesa and Santa Maria, CA and between Fort Lauderdale, FL and Rockford, IL, Peoria, IL and Fort Wayne, IN.

    The carrier will continue to operate all of these flights through May 31, 2008.

    Customers with reservations June 1 and beyond will be contacted directly by Allegiant for reaccommodation.

  3. ^There's no way Constellation and/or Harris Hill will be completed to any extent this year. Both haven't started construction, except for some site preparation. Maybe in 2009. But look on the bright side- tower cranes will be making a comeback in downtown this year!

    I expect to see some progress on these projects this year:

    Councill Court- planning

    200 Park Tower- rendering

    Lincoln Mill- construction

    Randolph Place- an official announcement

    Colonial Promenade Huntsville- construction

    Redstone Technology Park- construction

    Metro Jail- completion

    Rumored development at Monrovia Golf Course- announcement, construction

    Holmes Avenue Condos- announcement

    And I forgot yet another project, though this one is a stretch as well- Ovation. The developers have a month to find a restaurant in the adjacent Summit building to build the condo tower. It is unlikely that if they haven't found a restaurant by now they will find one.

    The money for the AL53/255 interchange last year was moved to the next phase of 53 widening and that interchange has been delayed indefinitely so don't expect it to be done for a while

    Thanks- must have missed that. Well, that stinks; I want to see this bypass finished in my lifetime.

  4. ^When you say "Jones Valley", I'm assuming that you're talking about the St. James Place development?

    Only one more retail project that I can think of right now-The Streets of Madison

    These Publix-anchored shopping centers are already under construction, but they will be completed in 2008:

    Village Shops at Madison

    Harvest Square

    Some more road projects that MIGHT start in 2008:

    Meridian Street widening from downtown to Oakwood Avenue

    AL53/AL255 interchange (I think it was supposed to start in 2006)

    And, if we pray hard enough, we might see preliminary engineering and ROW on the Southern Bypass this year.


    Shuttle service will be extended to Research Park West and Bridge Street

    Intermodal centers/park and rides will begin construction and be completed at Bridge Street and UAH, respectively.

    A&M will begin and finish its new bus terminal.

  5. A Birmingham News article about the continuing downtown redevelopment here outlines the Von Braun renovation plans:

    "The civic center also plans to spend up to $20 million on renovation projects and expansion in the next few years. Highlights include doubling the size of the women's restrooms, adding 1,000 floor seats in the arena for concerts, renovating concession stands, adding a mini cafe, and replacing walls along the southeast side of the arena to give a view from the cafe and concourse of Big Spring Park.

    About $4 million for those projects has come from a special tax district set up to fund projects in the downtown area. City officials are working to get the other $12 million to $16 million for the work, including a look at selling naming rights to parts of the civic center."

    Birmingham News article: Rocket City reloads

  6. I stumbled upon this rendering of a proposed condo tower called "218 Randolph Place" in downtown Huntsville. Looks like this is still in the planning stages, so it's not set in stone, but it's still pretty cool. If Google Maps is right, this will be located near the Courthouse Square. Looks like its going to be one of the taller buildings downtown if built like the rendering.


  7. I think the wet/dry issue is stupid anywhere- it's not like anyone is forced to buy alcohol. Besides, the taxes from alcohol sold in stores and restaurants helps schools, roads, and other infrastructure; Athens has gotten millions from sales since the first referendum in 2004. Also, restaurants like Applebee's and Lone Star have opened/plan to open there since, and much of their business is alcohol sales. So, if the citizens of Athens want to screw themselves over because something's a "moral issue" for some, then so be it.

    This is another example of the Church and State relationship that I hate about Alabama...

  8. The old Central Bank (now Compass Bank) building may be getting a makeover. The 10-story office building built in 1967 overlooking Big Spring Park could have condos on the top 2 floors, retail on the bottom floor, and a new exterior, according to plans in The Huntsville Times.

    It's the building on the left...


  9. Three more economic development projects were approved for Jetplex Park today by the Airport Authority. One is a 300,000 sq ft facility for International Truck and Engine, where they will manufacture new "big-bore" diesel engines for trucks. The $42 million facility is expected to be completed in March 2008, and will initially provide 70 jobs with plans to expand to 175 by 2011. The other two projects will have a combined total of 245 jobs and a payroll of about $12M a year.

  10. Frontier Airlines is creating a new airline, and one of the airports it notified was Huntsville International. From the Denver Post.

    "Frontier Airlines' new Westminster-based subsidiary, Lynx Aviation Inc. has applied for federal certification from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Lynx will fly turboprop planes to Rocky Mountain destinations and other small airports. Frontier Airlines Holdings Inc. is providing $40 million of start-up capital to Lynx. Lynx will fly Bombardier Q400 planes with 74 seats during the summer and 70 seats during the winter when more space is used for skis and other luggage. The application to the DOT was also sent to airport managers around the country who have expressed an interest in Frontier."

  11. I also think it is a good idea; unfortunately, downtown is a bit too far for apartments geared towards UAH students. If UAH decides someday to construct more student apartments, they would probably be along Holmes or University. Though I am all for downtown living, I wouldn't want to distance myself from campus and all the activities around there. But as soon as apartments/lofts/condos become more abundant and affordable downtown, I could see some students opting for the more urban feel of the area.

    And I don't think a separate shuttle for UAH students is needed. There is already a Shuttle route from downtown to UAH. All it needs is extended hours (from 6am-2am, maybe) and more frequent service. And possibly some minor route changes to the areas you mentioned- Five Points, Marketsquare, etc.

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