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City of Huntsville, Redstone Arsenal make a deal

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The Huntsville City Council will vote on a plan to give Redstone Arsenal more than a million dollars Thursday night.

City leaders said the money is expected to go toward building two homes for the Arsenal's top brass.

It's all a part of an agreement forged between the Arsenal and the City of Huntsville back in 2010, and has to do with making Huntsville more attractive for future military relocations to the Rocket City.

According to the officials, Huntsville is giving the Arsenal $2.5 million to upgrade infrastructure.

A city spokesperson said $1.2 million is going towards two new homes for top leaders. Those homes will be something similar to what you see at Hampton Cove. The city said the rest of the money will go towards other projects including improving roads.

In exchange for the money, the Arsenal annexed 879 acres of land back to the Huntsville. It's an area that sits to the north of Gate Nine. The city is now working with a developer on a $1 billion project there.

Officials said the $2.5 million is a small investment if they can encourage future BRAC's to come to Huntsville. Why a small investment? According to the city, the last BRAC in 2010 added $2 billion to the North Alabama economy.

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