MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Mobile city and county leaders are set to take an important vote the week of July 22 on a proposed major shopping center in Mobile. Before they vote, county commissioners and city council members want to hear what you think.
A wooded area off Government Boulevard could become the newest retail development project in Mobile.
Leaders are considering a contract from a Tennessee-based developer who wants to build a major shopping center on the site. It would feature several restaurants, three major retailers, as well as wholesale giant Costco.
Dale Harvard has lived in the area for 25 years. He said it would be a welcome addition to the community.
"I think it would be a wonderful idea. It would be good for the community, and I think it would be real good," Havard said.
County Commissioner Jerry Carl told FOX10 News the shopping center would have a major impact on jobs.
"The biggest thing I want to emphasize are the jobs that will actually come from it. We're looking at 1,200-1,300 permanent jobs and and that's the focus from myself," Carl said.
That's what Ashley Jackson said is most needed in the area and the city.
"I think it's a good idea, because it's going to stimulate the economy, and bring a lot of jobs to the area so I think it will be really good thing for this community," Jackson said.
The shopping center could also increase traffic in the area.
John Woodyard has seen the congestion increase at Airport and University since the new Publix opened. He and others don't think it should deter the proposed project.
"You right off the interstate there. I think that would might help since it's right off the interstate," Woodyard said.
"Halls Mill, the traffic is already bad right here at the stadium; so that's my only concern, but yes, I'm looking forward to the shopping center," Sharon Havard said.
"I think they'll probably work that out. They've thought about it, and I'm quiet sure the police department and everybody will have the traffic going where it needs to go so I'm pretty excited about it," Jackson said.
Your voice can be heard too. The public hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 23 at the Mobile County Commission meeting in the Government Plaza auditorium. The city council meeting and vote will follow at 10:30 a.m.
You've heard about some brazen criminals and what they will do to get what they want. This time, you are going to hear about a brave bank employee who didn't mind saying "no".
Clear skies and a secondary push of chilly air have arrived as a stronger area of high pressure has moved in from the central plains.
U.S. Attorney Kenyen Brown proposes converting part of the old Searcy Mental Health facility in Mt. Vernon into a transitional residential/vocational training facility for offenders.
Elizabeth Styron, the manager and Rebecca Howard, pairings and recipe specialist at the Happy Olive are in the Studio10 kitchen showing you some quick and easy recipes.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 68,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the largest increase in more than a year.
Ten University of South Alabama football players were honored with the release of the 2013 all- Sun Belt Conference teams on Wednesday, December 11, and Jaguar head coach Joey Jones was selected the league's Coach of the Year.