Governor Ivey announced Wednesday almost 60 communities across the state will get money to improve their towns. For Scottsboro, this means demolishing 25 dilapidated buildings.
The mayor’s office isn’t saying which buildings these are. They say it’s up to the property owners to tell them it’s okay to make that public, but we do know they’re vacant and run down ones. This is all about making the city look nicer, which economic development leaders say could actually help out families.
In Martha Clark’s antique shop La De Da’s on the courthouse square, the faces of her family smile back from picture frames on every surface. Most of her family lives nearby and she’s discovered just how rare that can be in Scottsboro.
“When you’re here all day and you hear other people saying, ‘well my children and my grandchildren are not here because there’s nothing here for them to do,'” Clark said.
Economic development leaders say tearing down 25 dilapidated buildings will make Scottsboro look nicer and business recruitment easier. What happens next to the properties is up to the owners.
“Many years ago quality of life was not as big a detail when we were recruiting jobs, but now it is,” said Jackson County Economic Development Authority President Shelia Shepard.
The county’s new Google data center, set to open next year, is bringing in 100 jobs but they’re hoping it leads to more.
“What we found out is other data centers tend to follow Google,” said Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce President Rick Roden. “When we went up to North Carolina an Apple data center moved right down the street from the Google data center.”
He says they’re marketing themselves as the data center corridor between Huntsville and Chattanooga. Locals are skeptical of that future for the small town, but do want more job opportunities.
“Maybe they’re gonna get some different businesses in as we grow and those people will be able to have their family here as well,” said Clark.
The city is adding over $50,000 to this project. The grant for it covers more than $200,000.
Almost $500 from Ivey’s grant is also going to the East Lake community of Guntersville for street and drainage improvements. See more of the communities benefiting in the excerpt from Ivey’s press release below.
Cullman (City) – $450,000 to provide sewer, water, drainage and street improvements in the Katherine Street area.
Guntersville – $450,000 to provide street and drainage improvements in the East Lake community.
Hackleburg – $85,000 to provide improvements along four streets, including widening and paving or sealing.
Hanceville – $250,000 to build a 2,500-square-foot senior center.
Leighton – $350,000 to provide water line improvements at several locations.
Scottsboro- $208,958 to demolish and clear 25 deteriorated and dilapidated structures throughout the city.
Town Creek – $350,000 to upgrade and repairs sections of the town’s sewer system.
North Central Alabama
Ashland- $350,000 to provide road and drainage improvements and water upgrades.
Blount County – $350,000 to improve three roads totaling eight miles north of Blountsville.
Childersburg- $450,000 to improve sewer services in the Coosa Court and Childersburg/Fayetteville Highway areas.
Clanton – $239,400 to demolish and clear 28 dilapidated and vacant houses.
Fayette County – $250,000 to improve water lines and provide road resurfacing in an area west of the town of Belk.
Heflin- $40,000 to help the city develop a plan that will assess needs and goals.
Marion County – $350,000 to provide public water service in the Bexar Church area.
Millport – $203,315 to upgrade one the town’s three water tanks serving 340 persons.
Oneonta – $450,000 to replace deteriorating sewer lines and collection system in an area involving sections of Hillcrest Circle and Underwood and Valley avenues.
Pell City – $450,000 to improve the efficiency of the city’s wastewater treatment plant.
Reform- $350,000 to renovate and repair various sections of the town’s sewer lines.
Steele – $189,977 to raze and remove 15 dilapidated structures throughout the town.
Sylacauga – $250,000 to demolish 11 dilapidated structures throughout the city.
Tuscaloosa County – $235,990 to provide public water service benefitting 63 residents in the Evanstown Road and Sid Davis Road areas.
Weaver – $122,628 to raze and clear 11 dilapidated and unsafe structures throughout the city.
South Central Alabama
Camp Hill – $350,000 for sewer improvements at the town’s wastewater plant.
Dallas County – $350,000 to supply public water service connections to residents in the Bogue Chitto community.
Hayneville – $349,601 to make improvements on sewer lines and wastewater treatment facility.
Forkland – $350,000 to upgrade water lines and improve two streets.
Greensboro- $350,000 to improve sewer lines.
Lanett – $250,000 to complete the final phase of a downtown revitalization project.
Marengo County – $350,000 to pave five roads.
Marion (City) – $450,000 to improve its wastewater treatment plant.
Millbrook – $250,000 to construct a new senior citizen center.
New Site – $177,460 to renovate its senior citizen center.
Perry County – $350,000 to provide public water services to 145 residents south of the city of Marion.
Randolph County – $350,000 to provide public water services to 78 residents along two county roads east of the city of Roanoke.
Tallapoosa County – $350,000 to provide public water services in a rural area near Dadeville.
Tallassee – $250,000 to demolish 27 vacant, abandoned and dilapidated structures throughout the city.
Valley – $450,000 to improve sewer services in the Langdale Mill Village area.
Abbeville – $350,000 to provide full or partial rehabilitation of up to 27 houses in the Stegall Heights area.
Brundidge – $350,000 to improve water services and demolish 13 residential and commercial structures.
Clayhatchee- $127,288 to resurface a section of Providence Lane and improve drainage.
Dale County – $308,700 to provide public water to 42 households along Dale County Road 21 and Penny Point Road.
Geneva- $450,000 to improve drainage in a local neighborhood.
Gordon – $349,787 to provide water and sewer improvements at various locations within the city.
Goshen – $325,000 to upgrade the town’s water lines and improve water quality.
Kinston – $350,000 to rehabilitate up to 20 occupied houses and bring them up to compliance with the Southern Building Code.
Level Plains – $250,000 to provide street and drainage improvements along Faith Street and Phyllis Avenue.
Opp – $450,000 to provide sewer system line improvements along Dr. Martin Luther King Drive from Cannon Drive to Hardin Street.
Brewton – $450,000 to renovate or replace dilapidated sewer lines along multiple streets.
Castleberry – $350,000 to replace aging and undersized water lines and improve streets in various sections of the town.
Chatom – $350,000 to rehabilitate sections of the town’s sewer lines and a lift station.
Choctaw County – $350,000 to resurface multiple roads in the northeast part of the county.
Flomaton – $201,115 to resurface several roads within the city to reduce safety hazards.
Loxley – $350,000 to replace aged and damaged sewer lines along the east part of town.
Monroeville – $450,000 to replace sewer lines along multiple streets on the west part of the city.
Pennington – $350,000 to resurface 5.5 miles of road in various locations within the city.
Repton – $350,000 to improve drainage and improve streets at various locations within the city.
Robertsdale – $450,000 to replace sewer lines and improve drainage at various locations.
Silas – $350,000 to improve drainage and resurface streets at several locations within the city.