City Council Seeks Full Disclosure on Redevelopment Plans Near Crossplex
PRESS RELEASE January 25, 2016
Contact: Brittany Sharp
BIRMINGHAM, AL – After resolving the Region’s Field development fiasco that cost the city nearly four million dollars, Birmingham City Councilors are working diligently to ensure that citizens money is spent in the best manner to avoid unnecessary costs similar to those that arose from the development surrounding Region’s Field. The latest project that Councilors are reviewing surrounds redevelopment around the Crossplex. Councilors have been adamant for some time now about seeing new tenants in that area. The latest proposal that was presented to councilors only during committee meetings includes areas of concern for councilors and they have asked that those concerns be addressed before sending the proposal to the full Council for a vote. Specifically councilors are seeking answers concerning questions on the infrastructure costs, details surrounding the subordination portion of the plan, and details on the transit cooperation plan.
“This Council will not rubber stamp proposals from the Administration simply because we are being told this is a good plan. That’s not what the citizens of Birmingham expect from us nor is it what we were elected to do,” said Council President Johnathan Austin. “We plan to vet this project thoroughly, and to have every question raised answered fully.”
President Austin said the Council supports new development in the area, but wants to be sure they know exactly what is being agreed to. Councilor Steven Hoyt, who represents District 8 where the Crossplex is located, echoed President Austin’s concerns.
“The redevelopment of this area has been something that I have been very vocal about since the inception of Crossplex, so as you can imagine I am thrilled to see that a proposal is finally on the table. However I want to make sure that we are making decisions that will not come back to hurt this project or this city in the future,” Councilor Hoyt said. “I look forward to having our questions answered concerning this project so that we can come to an agreement that will serve the citizens of Birmingham well. We want to ensure that we minimize any risks for this project or any project for that matter by properly vetting all of our inquires.”
Councilors will hear from both the developers and the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development today during the regularly scheduled Economic Development, Budget and Finance Meeting today at 4 p.m. in Conference Rooms D & E on the third floor of City Hall.
For media inquiries please contact Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at 205.721.5369.