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Decatur City Council still in talks over Sweetwater project

The project is a massive $1.6-billion development that could go up near the I-65/565 corridor. The project is a massive $1.6-billion development that could go up near the I-65/565 corridor.
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

A Decatur City Councilman admitted the group is actively talking to find a suitor for the Sweetwater Project.

The project is a massive $1.6-billion development that could go up near the I-65/565 corridor.

Decatur City Councilman Chuck Ard said officials are still in talks with various organizations about the project. Ard would not reveal who the council is talking to, but he's optimistic the project isn't dead.

"There's a lot going on behind the scenes and as with any negotiations, there's just a lot of meetings going on and that sort of thing," said Ard. "Hopefully, we'll be able to develop something and pull something together."

Decatur officials reached out the Limestone County officials to help support the project in the form of funds. 

Limestone County Commission Chairman Stanley Menefee said they don't currently have the $2-million that Decatur is asking for.

"Limestone County is not a very high taxed county, so we really don't have the cash to do that," he said. 

Menefee said he doesn't think the Sweetwater deal will go sour if they don't give their millions.  He feels optimistic about what the future holds for the project.

"Sometimes things can't be done and sometimes it takes a while for things to be done," he said.  "I think the project would be good for Decatur and Limestone County too."

The Sweetwater project was first brought up several years ago, but never got off the ground. It was reintroduced at a Decatur City Council meeting in February. Speculation about it has been brewing ever since.

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