HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The public is getting the newest look at a $70 million downtown Huntsville development.
City Centre at Big Spring, which will be at the former downtown Holiday Inn location, will feature a hotel, apartments, retail and restaurant space. The developer released this rendering on their twitter account, @CityCentreHSV.
News of the development is exactly what Huntsville resident Nicholas Tate has been looking forward to. Tate enjoys singing for people in downtown Huntsville. He stays mainly around the courthouse square.
"You can just get your guitar out and play and people will bless you," said Tate.
But come next year, Tate plans to expand from his normal playing spot when City Centre at Big Spring opens.
"It will bring a lot of people here to Huntsville, a lot of tourists. And then you've got plenty of things to do. At one point in time there was not a lot of things to do."
Those same thoughts are echoed by Downtown Huntsville, Inc.'s Chad Emerson. Emerson said City Centre at Big Spring is one of several new things popping up in the downtown corridor that will overhaul the area. According to Emerson, more than $50 million dollars is being invested in downtown construction in 2015 alone.
"I think what people are starting to realize is what a beautiful downtown we have with the parks, buildings, and the businesses," said Emerson. "It's just a great place to come visit and to more importantly now come live and to work."
Tate said he's been waiting years for the development and can't wait for it to come to fruition.
"The city of Huntsville needs to get on the map and that's what we're doing. We're getting on the map," said Tate.
The project is tentatively scheduled to open in 2016.
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