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Decatur City Council approves $40-million Sweetwater project

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Decatur City Council members approved the $40-million proposal to bring shops and restaurants to the area. Decatur City Council members approved the $40-million proposal to bring shops and restaurants to the area.
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Decatur City Council members approved the $40-million proposal to bring shops and restaurants to the area.

It passed with a four-to-one vote Monday morning.

The city will front $12-million for land and infrastructure, and $28-million in sales tax rebates to build the Sweetwater development at the I-565 and I-65 interchange.

Sweetwater would bring together retail shops, likely including Bass Pro Shops, as well as restaurants and a hotel.

Some council members questioned whether the development deal does enough to protect the city from losing retailers from downtown and having them set up in Sweetwater or whether city schools will lose out on tax revenues for decades to come.

Advocates for the plan say those are important issues which will be worked out with the developers before there is any official development contract with the city.

Mayor Don Kyle said he hopes to have a final development agreement with the developer by later in the spring and ground could be broken almost immediately.

The project is expected to bring 4,000 new jobs to the area.

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