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New Signs of Development: Birmingham City Councilors Approve Funding for Recreational Center in Pratt City

Residents in Pratt City will soon have a new facility to utilize as the community continues to rebuild following the devastating tornadoes that struck the area in April of 2011. Tuesday, Birmingham City Councilors passed several resolutions authorizing the Mayor to submit to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) an amended Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery Action Plan (CDBG-DR). That plan includes any HUD documents, which establishes and increases the funding for Housing Construction, the on-going activity of Special Economic Development, and Public Facility and Improvements.Councilor Marcus Lundy, Chair of Economic Development and Budget and Finance Committee says he is eager to see new signs of progress in Pratt City, which is situated in District 9.

“The Pratt Community is embedded with such rich history from family and community events and I’m looking forward to seeing some of those same events begin again now that new facilities are being put in place to host both residents and visitors,” Councilor Lundy said. “My colleagues and I are working diligently with our community leaders to ensure that they are involved in the planning process so that the new facilities that we build are a reflection of what the community envisions.”

This new plan will include funding for a new recreation center that will designed by Tom Leader Studio, landscape an architecture firm who also designed Birmingham’s own Railroad Park.

“We have a very successful and gratifying relationship with the City of Birmingham and we are thrilled that this project will allow us to continue to show our dedication to Birmingham,” said Tom Leader, Principal of Tom Leader Studio. “The Pratt Community is extremely deserving of this project, and we’re going to work hard to build a center that the entire community can be proud of.”

This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry ( in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294