SYLACAUGA -- City officials announced Tuesday that Hutton Team LLC. officially closed on the purchase of 33 acres from the municipality. The land will be used for a commercial retail development project.
The shopping center is set to include multiple retail businesses and restaurants.Construction and land clearing at the property adjacent to Payton Park is scheduled to begin as early as Monday.
“The project should provide roughly 200 new jobs,” Mayor Jim Heigl said. “We are excited to get started.”
Hutton expects to complete the multi-million dollar project by the end of the first quarter of 2018. Store openings are set to begin in April.
Although no tenants have been confirmed, the Chattanooga, Tennessee, company focuses on the leasing and construction of single- and multi-tenant stores across the country such as PetSmart, TJ Maxx, Ross Dress for Less, Hobby Lobby and Dick’s Sporting Goods.
The municipality purchased the vacant property for $1.8 million in the early 2000s. Last summer, the city agreed to sell Hutton the land for $450,000.
Hutton will receive two-thirds of the city sales tax generated by the facility over a 20-year span. The agreement also calls for Talladega County to rebate 5 mills of the ad valorem tax generated by the property for a period of 20 years.
“I believe the development project will help stimulate the area economy, and I see this being a positive addition to the county.” Talladega County Commissioner Greg Atkinson said during a previous commission meeting.
Heigl added that “the city will also host an official groundbreaking ceremony sometime later this month.”
To aid with Highway 280 traffic flow, Heigl noted the Alabama Department of Transportation will install a new traffic signal at one of two new access roads.
“ALDOT is taking care of the installation,” Heigl said. “After they are finished, it will be the city’s responsibility to upkeep.”
In other business, the council:
Approved a request from the Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement to decommission two 2008 Goshen Coach Pacer II vans;
Approved extending a six-month contract with TempForce Staffing for the following temporary workers assigned to the animal shelter: Carli Love through Sept. 30; Stanley Peters through Sept. 19; and Dixie Harwell through Aug. 10;
Approved a request from street Superintendent Reed Calfee for the authority to contract with TempForce Staffing for the service of one temporary animal shelter kennel worker;
Approved a budget amendment in the amount of $950 to correct charges paid to run a gas line during a new stove installation in the Fire Station No. 1 kitchen;
Approved an amendment to the agreement with CDG Engineers and Associates, Inc. for engineering services in the amount of $7,900 for additional work needed to remove the previously designed drainage improvements from ALDOT’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant, for the extension of the downtown streetscape project along Highway 21 and Broadway Avenue;
Approved a request from Dale Liner to remove garbage charges for two carts from property recently purchased at 900 Douglas Ave., and to refund $68 paid for the months of April and May;
Approved a job posting for a fire lieutenant to replace an employee who has resigned;
Approved a resolution authorizing Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon to file a grant application for an airport improvement project;
Approved expenses for police Chief Kelley Johnson and police Capt. Rondell Muse to attend the Certified Law Enforcement Executive Program Training course “Traits, Behaviors and Relationships” on June 15, and “Courage and Moral Leadership” on June 16;
Approved expenses for Calfee and street administrator secretary Alyssa Womack to attend the Alabama Public Works Association’s 2017 Summer Meeting in Orange Beach on July 17-19;
Approved accounts payable for May for $101,660.12;
Heard fromWilliam Davis and Mel Palmer regarding a potential fishing tournament at Lay Lake on Sept. 23, with proceeds to benefit the ARC;
Heard from Jeff Turner concerning a benefit motorcycle ride June 17 in honor of resident Dawn Parker McDickinson ; and
Announced the next council meeting will be Tuesday, June 20, at 6 p.m. inside the Council Chambers of City Hall.
-- Staff writer Denise Sinclair contributed to this report.