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Major development to come to North Alabama


By Elizabeth Gentle
WAFF 48 News Reporter



A massive billion dollar development is headed to north Alabama.

It will bring with it jobs and major changes to a dangerous highway.

Construction begins the first of June on the development's first phase, followed by major changes to the highway that runs in front of the proposed site.

Sweetwater Development is coming soon to this 540 acre site on the south side of Highway 20 near Interstate 565.

Genesis USA Development announced today the massive billion dollar deal.

"It's been fun to envision and dream about what a project of this magnitude would mean to Decatur and to North Alabama," says Gary Glover with Genesis USA Development.

The first phase will include 125 acres anchored by Bass Pro Shops and a major hotel and convention center.

The cost is up to $200-million to build. Annual tax revenue is estimated to generate more than $1-million. Locally and from out-of-town retailers.

"We have over 9 major tournaments coming here," says Tami Reist. "This again gives them a venue that they cannot only come out and fish they can go and shop."

Developers are aware the highway that runs in front of the Sweetwater site is notorious for wrecks and changes will have to be made when construction begins.

"First we will invest in a traffic signal intersection with multiple turning lanes and other safety features to get in and out of the project. We will invest in major infrastructure into the development itself primarily the entry road and primary artery will be a four lane divided," says Mayor Don Kyle.

The total cost of the Sweetwater Project is estimated at over $1-billion. No one's ready yet to say which hotel chain has agreed to build.

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