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Dynetics new HQ

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The new building will allow the company, which provides research, development and engineering services and products, to consolidate its 700 Huntsville employees, who are now spread out over seven facilities throughout Huntsville, said Dr. Marc Bendickson, Dynetics chief executive officer.
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While I certainly am glad to see Research Park continue to grow, the Northrop Grumman building and Dynetics building are both pretty uninspired.
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got that right^^^^

could have had more significant architecture.
Oh well, still a tremendous amount of money being spent.
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Thumbs up Huntsville following Chatty

By GINA HANNAH
Times Business Writer, ginah@htimes.com
Five years ago, Huntsville government and business leaders rode a bus to Chattanooga to learn how it had managed to revive its downtown. They ate lunch at a restaurant near the Tennessee Aquarium. They rode the carousel at Coolidge Park. They had dinner in the Bluff View Arts District overlooking the river.

They came back with a dream: Let's do something like this in Huntsville.

On June 8, officials from the city and Big Spring Partners, a nonprofit downtown development organization, announced the group's first project in Huntsville's downtown: a public-private partnership in which both parties will acquire the Holiday Inn Select property on Williams Street. Under the terms of the deal, Big Spring Partners will buy the hotel and the land it sits on for $8.6 million, then sell the land to the city for $6.5 million.
Big Spring Partners was modeled after RiverCity Co., which has been instrumental in bringing nearly $1.5 billion in development to Chattanooga's downtown during the past two decades. Since its formation in 1986, RiverCity has had a hand in numerous downtown projects, including housing construction, historic preservation, parks and entertainment.

Chattanooga's revitalization has been touted nationally as an example of public-private partnerships working well. Once considered one of the most neglected downtown areas in the region, Chattanooga's riverfront now teems with activity as tourists and residents visit the aquarium, restaurants and shops, and families gather for picnics or to play in an interactive water fountain. "

There will be many new downtown projects announced for downtown in the coming year.

In addition:

Officials at Huntsville Hospital are proposing to more than double the size of the ER. They also want to add a four-story patient tower to the six story parking garage being built next to the emergency room.
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Research Park Growth rapid pace

Some of the latest developments under way, most have been mentioned in above posts:

Westar Aerospace & Defense Group Inc. broke ground in February on a two-story, 85,000-square-foot building at Cummings Research Park West that will allow Huntsville operations to be consolidated at a single facility and allow for corporate growth plans. Construction of the $10 million facility, at 890 Explorer Blvd., is expected to be completed in early 2006. Westar is now in the eastern part of the park.

Analytical Services Inc. is building a 25,000-square-foot corporate headquarters at 350 Voyager Way to accommodate current and future growth. The building is expected to be operational Oct. 17, and a grand opening is scheduled for early December.

Northrop Grumman Corp. plans to break ground on June 27 for the first 250,000-square-foot building in a five-building complex for its 1,200 local employees who are now scattered among 20 sites around town. The $80 million complex is expected to take three to five years to complete.

Los Angeles-based O&S Holdings LLC broke ground June 1 at the site of the $210 million, 100-acre World Famous Bridge Street project that will include nearly 500,000 square feet of retail space, a 16-screen theater, a performing arts center, office buildings and the Westin Huntsville Hotel & Residences that will include luxury condominiums. That first phase is scheduled for completion at the end of 2006. The property is on the north side of Old Madison Pike, just west of Research Park Boulevard.

The $19 million Columbia High School, now under construction on the western edge of the park, is expected to open in August.

Just over a week ago, the Huntsville City Council authorized the mayor to enter into a sales contract with Delta Research Inc., a military defense engineering firm, to buy 13 acres on Explorer Boulevard at Enterprise Way. The company plans to build a 30,000-square-feet building, moving from the 11,000-square-foot building on Wynn Drive on the east side of the park where the company has been for about 17 years. A second 30,000-square-foot building is planned as the company expands.

Other major companies are "looking for growth opportunities" at the park, Spencer said, "but we're not at liberty to quote who they are." A city planning subcommittee last week approved an amendment to city zoning laws that would allow companies in Cummings Research Park to provide sleeping quarters for visiting scientists and researchers. A city planner said a biotech research company considering locating in Cummings Research Park is requesting the change, but declined to identify the firm.

Meanwhile, the city is moving to make land available in other areas to help bring more companies to Huntsville. Spencer and other city officials held a news conference Friday afternoon to announce a proposal to purchase 145 acres for an expansion of the North Huntsville Industrial Park.

"It opens more areas for manufacturing,'' Spencer said. "We have to be diverse and have to offer all kinds of jobs. It's being forward thinking.''
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SuperTarget Decatur

Our friends a few miles to the west(city limits of both cities touch at I-65) are starting to get in on the retail
boom action...

By Martin Burkey
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Target, Old Navy, Linens'N Things, PetsMart, Chili's Grill and Bar and Longhorn Steakhouse are some of the stores and restaurants tentatively slated for the Decatur Exchange shopping center, which the City Council set in motion Monday.

John Graham of Atlanta developer Tricore Partners said he hopes to finalize agreements with those stores and others he couldn't name, now that he has a $4.75 million package of incentives from the council.

On Monday, the council voted 4-0 to borrow money for site improvements, roadwork, utilities and more to lure the development to Decatur.

Graham said he hopes to begin work late this year on the 26-acre site at U.S. 31 and Alabama 67, and open it for business in October 2006. The list of prospective businesses also includes Rack Room Shoes, Panera Bread Co. and Books-A-Million. The agreement between the developer and the city also refers to Academy Sports as another possibility.

Graham told the council that the center represents a redevelopment of a major gateway to the city that will bring revenue and jobs, and likely will stimulate spinoff development around it at an intersection traveled by more than 30,000 cars daily. Tricore is interested in additional land around the current development, he said.
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A few new eats

prior to large amount of new restaurant announcements coming.

The building next door to McAlister's Deli near the intersection of Whitesburg Drive and Airport Road has been gutted and is being remodeled for a new seafood restaurant. It will be No. 101 in a chain of eateries that is part of the Outback Steakhouse group of restaurants.

Huntsville's Bonefish should open about Aug. 1, according to managing partner Todd Shelton.


The mother company must have high hopes for Huntsville. Carrabba's opens Monday at Parkway Place on South Memorial Parkway, and the area's second Outback opened in Madison earlier this year. Bonefish is across the street from the city's original Outback location
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Smile New Christian School

Just weeks from the opening of the new public Providence Elementary/Middle and Columbia High schools on the western fringes of Huntsville, a master plan was approved Tuesday night for a sprawling Christian school complex near Providence that will include athletic fields, a performing arts center, a gymnasium and a K-12 school facility.

The $21 million development for Westminster Presbyterian Church is on a 42-acre tract off Research Park Boulevard between Oakwood Road and Johns Road.

The Huntsville Board of Zoning Adjustments signed off on the master plan Tuesday night, clearing the way for construction beyond site preparation.

Westminster officials promised the development - with its campus-style layout, planned lush landscaping and ballfields - will be an attractive addition to surrounding neighborhoods and heavily traveled Research Park Boulevard.

"It's to our advantage to make it as attractive as possible," said Robert S. Illman, headmaster of Westminster Christian Academy.
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Toyota neighbors

Huntsville's Toyota engine plant may soon have some company.


Mayor Loretta Spencer, City Council President Richard Showers and other city officials Friday afternoon announced a proposal to buy 145 acres for an expansion of North Huntsville Industrial Park.

Showers said the city will soon make an offer on more land next to the park. "We will be back very soon with the announcement of some additional property the city can get," he said. "We have a bunch of folks lined up out there interested in buying options (on industrial park property) to let us know they're seriously interested."

Showers hinted Friday that several industrial scouts are eyeing the northern park. He wouldn't say who or what type of industry they represent but did say the prospective tenants are "medium to large-type operations" similar to Toyota.

The City Council will consider the 145-acre purchase June 23. The land is east of Pulaski Pike and south of Bob Wade Lane/Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The latest purchase would bring the North Huntsville Industrial Park to 965 acres.

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Hotel updates

The Hotel Group's newest hotel is scheduled to open September 15, 2005 in Huntsville, AL. The 101 room Hilton Garden Inn will be conveniently located off of !-565 near the areas largest tourist attraction, the US Space & Rocket Center. The hotel should also attract the many business travelers visiting the area as it is adjacent to the Cummings Research Park, the Marshall Space Flight Center, the Redstone Arsenal and just a couple of miles from downtown.

Also construction will begin on a new 107 room Homewood Suites by Hilton The hotel will be a great compliment to the company's Hilton Garden Inn that is scheduled to open in September 2005. Homewood Suites is an upscale extended stay property that features full kitchens in every suite. The typical guest stays five or more nights and many times stays for weeks at a time.
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More Federal money for Huntsville-area projects:
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Another Publix

in light of the Winn Dixie closings this will bring relief to that area,
A Winn Dixie just down the street will close.

Equity One, Inc. For additional information at the Company:
1600 NE Miami Gardens Drive Howard Sipzner, EVP and CFO
North Miami Beach, FL 33179 Media Contact:
305-947-1664 David Schull 305-446-2700
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Equity One Finalizes Publix Lease at Winchester Plaza Development in Huntsville, Alabama
North Miami Beach, FL, June 23, 2005 – Equity One, Inc. (NYSE:EQY), an owner, developer and
operator of community and neighborhood shopping centers located predominantly in high growth markets in
the southern United States and the Boston, Massachusetts metropolitan area, announced today that it has
executed a lease with Publix Supermarkets, Inc. for a to-be-built 45,600 square foot Publix supermarket in
the Winchester Plaza shopping center development in Huntsville, Alabama.
Winchester Plaza is a 75,700 square foot shopping center which will be built on approximately 23 acres of a
33 acre site owned by Equity One at the intersection of Winchester and Homer Nance Road about seven
miles northeast of Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama. The surrounding area is one of the fastest
growing sub-markets in the Huntsville metropolitan area, and includes 22,808 people with a median
household income of $53,616 in the five-mile trade area. The development will cost approximately $8.7
million to complete, will include 30,100 square feet of local tenants plus four out-parcels and will provide
approximately 10 acres of excess land for sale or alternative development. Construction is scheduled to
begin in the third quarter of 2005 with completion projected in the second quarter of 2006.
“We are excited about our progress on Winchester Plaza,” stated Chaim Katzman, Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer of Equity One, “and believe our strategy of developing and acquiring supermarket
anchored shopping centers in fast-growing markets will produce superior returns for our stockholders.”
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Booming

Man what can I say Huntsville is booming this days. Looks like every other week or so some project is coming out of the wood work. Hmm updates...well driving into downtown through the new traffic circle and over the bridge by the Embassy Suite is the best view of downtown . I was stunned to see the Embassy Suite finally on its 3rd floor. This building will stand when finished 140 feet tall which isn't to shabby for around here. The Big Spring Summit building is on its 6th floor and it will stand 128 feet tall. The exterior of the building should start up pretty soon. Some mystery Bio Tech company is looking to build out in Research Park but like I said is yet to be named. The metro jail is on its 5th floor and it will stand around 100-120 feet tall. Now if Mr. Schrimsher would finally kick into high gear and build his 21 storey condo tower that would be nice.
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Official Groundbreaking

for the above ^^^ Northrop facility yesterday..



At the ground-breaking for an $80 million Northrop Grumman campus in Cummings Research Park, Sen. Jeff Sessions said he has often referred to Huntsville as the state's economic gem.

"But maybe I should call it the mother lode," Sessions said Monday morning.
From Gov. Bob Riley to Mayor Loretta Spencer, the official word at the ceremony was that Northrop Grumman's locale selection for its five-building complex shows confidence in Huntsville's support - economic and congressional.

"They could have put this building anywhere, and they chose Huntsville," Riley said.
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And this extra info

800 more jobs possible

By Jay Wilson
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Northrop Grumman Corp.'s five-building, $80 million complex will consolidate about 20 current locations, eventually allowing Northrop to expand its work force from 1,200 to 2,000.

That was the message from company officials in Huntsville for Monday's groundbreaking ceremony for the first 110,000-square-foot building.

Northrop, a Los Angeles, Calif.-based global defense company, drew leaders from across the state to its Cummings Research Park construction site at Interstate 565 and Old Madison Pike.

Gov. Bob Riley; Rep. Bud Cramer, D-Huntsville; Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Mobile; and Huntsville Mayor Loretta Spencer attended the ceremony.

"This is a great day for Alabama, a great day for Huntsville and a great day for America," Riley said, noting that Northrop chose Huntsville over any other city in America.

Sessions, who chairs a U.S. Senate sub-committee for space, defense and missile programs, said the nature of warfare calls for the constant creation and use of technology.

"We simply cannot find ourselves, in the coming years, vulnerable to missile attack," he said, adding that Northrop's focus is part of the nation's defense.

Cramer said Northrop's programs are important to "our men and women fighting in terribly difficult conditions."

Spencer complimented Northrop and said Huntsville's Redstone Arsenal is also a good partner, constantly explaining the Army's vision and goals for Huntsville.

This week, she and other area leaders will focus on the Base Realignment and Closure hearings in Atlanta. Huntsville stands to gain more than 1,600 jobs in the BRAC process.

Northrop's Daniel L. Montgomery, vice president and corporate lead executive, said in a release that Northrop expects "even more growth in the years ahead."
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Restart condo project

Nearly a year after a downtown condominium project was shelved because of building costs, 301 East is again under construction.

The seven-story condominium tower, located at Holmes Avenue and Green Street across from the Times Building, will feature two- and three-bedroom residences within a neotraditional architecture.

Workers Friday were preparing the site for construction. The project by Thornton Properties of Huntsville will offer street-level retail shops for artisans and a locally owned and operated restaurant.
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Valley Bend adds Rave

By MARIAN ACCARDI
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18-screen cinema to open in spring at Jones Valley center

Site work has started on a new 61,155-square-foot Hobby Lobby Creative Center at Valley Bend at Jones Farm, the latest addition to the shopping center at Carl T. Jones Drive and Four Mile Post Road in south Huntsville.

With the addition of Hobby Lobby and the rest of the shopping center's second phase and a new Rave Motion Pictures theater, "we're easily at 700,000 square feet of retail" at Valley Bend, including its surrounding outparcels and the Huntsville Hospital Wellness Center, said developer Raymond Jones Jr.
"We're very excited about what is happening and what has happened," Jones said. The development is good news in terms of the added tax base and services for the community, he said.

Construction on the Hobby Lobby probably will start within 60 days, Jones said. The anticipated opening is January.

"This store will bring a new mix to the center that we don't now have. It will make a good addition," Jones said. The arts and crafts chain has 360 stores, including two in Huntsville.

Site preparation is also under way on a 90,000-square-foot Rave Motion Pictures theater, which will be the city's largest with 18 screens and 4,100 stadium-style seats. "They are shooting for a May or June 2006 opening," Jones said. The adjacent lot will have about 1,150 parking spaces.

"It took about two years and two months to get to where we are now" on the Rave project, Jones said. "It takes a lot of time to put together a development like this."

Hobby Lobby is the anchor tenant for Valley Bend's second phase, which will include about 148,000 square feet of retail space. "We're now in negotiations with a few (potential tenants), and hopefully we will have more announcements in the near future," Jones said. He doesn't yet know the exact number and size of the stores. "That will come as we lease them," he said.

"Of the remaining five outparcels (along Carl T. Jones Drive), we're in negotiations with four (companies), including Zaxby's," he said. "The other three are sit-down restaurants."

The first phase of Valley Bend has more than 392,000 square feet, with one 1,600-square-foot space vacant. Its anchor store is SuperTarget, which opened in fall 2001.
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West Side development

another new urbanism project on 115 acres, that will keep most trees, many large hardwoods, and create a park like setting
The still-unnamed neighborhood will feature restaurants, a bookstore, boutique hotel, loft apartments, estate homes and a soaring glass conservatory.J.H. Partners, a Huntsville architectural firm, began working on the design in January.The neighborhood will be next door to Country Day School and around the corner from the Village of Providence, an even larger mixed-use development.

Construction should begin by January
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Mama Fu's

anyone tried it? Sounds excellent, another franchise from Raving Brands out of Atlanta. Nothing But Noodles a similar concept is always packed at lunch, good stuff.
More than two dozen Mama Fu's operate across the Southeastern states with another 20 or so under construction spreading to the West Coast. Huntsville's is almost completed just west of the Cowboys fuel service station across from the SuperTarget shopping center.

Fast casual means customers line up inside the door and order as they watch cooks preparing meals in the open kitchen. Food is then brought to the table. The menu is built around noodle and rice dishes, a few soups, salads and wraps. Especially spicy entrees are designated as "hot Mama" or "double-hot Mama." The restaurant serves beer and wine.

Mama Fu's joins a growing number of Asian-style eateries, a trend that began with P.F. Chang's China Bistro and its Pei Wei Asian Diner concept.

Huntsville's Mama Fu's will seat 90 inside and 30 on an adjoining patio. Plans are to do staff training over the weekend and open to the public on Tuesday.
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UAH Applied Science

Hope to have a rendering soon,

By KENNETH KESNER
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After more than three years of planning and research and securing more than $60 million in government money, the University of Alabama in Huntsville is holding ceremonies this morning to officially begin construction of a state-of-the-art Applied Sciences Building.

The 200,000-square-foot, four-story building is scheduled to open in the fall of 2007. It will become the focal point of a new landscaped "gateway" to the campus from Sparkman Drive - part of the recently approved campus master plan.

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, and U.S. Rep. Bud Cramer, D-Huntsville, were expected to join UAH President Frank Franz and other dignitaries for the groundbreaking. Shelby has been a longtime supporter of the project and garnered $50 million in federal money.
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