Avondale Estates officials, the city’s Downtown Development Authority and associates from South City Partners gathered March 10 to break ground on the Sams Crossing development.
The multi-use development, which will be built on 3.17 acres, will feature approximately 8,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space on the ground floor, approximately 197 residential units in four stories above, a gateway park—which will preserve the mature trees—a rear parking deck with additional on-street parking, sidewalks and trees.
A week after Avondale Estates officials announced Jan. 11 that South City Partners closed on the property at Sams Crossing and East College Avenue, construction crews began work to build the future development.
After months of working with South City Partners to design the project to everyone’s liking, Mayor Jonathan Elmore said it is awesome to see it finally being built.
“This is the first big development we’ve had I think since anybody can remember,” Elmore said. “I honestly think it represents the turning point in Avondale’s history. I hope this is the first of many to come. It’s pretty exciting. South City Partners have been great to work with.”
A thrift shop, restaurant and auto shop that were previously on the land were demolished to construct the development. The project is a part of the city’s efforts to redevelop its central business district and the city. The property is within the Western Gateway area from Maple Street to Sams Crossing, which was annexed into the city.
Elmore said the big aspect of the project is the new residents it will bring into the city.
“It’ll probably bring a lot of younger, single residents that will hopefully start to use our businesses more, especially on this side of the road in our central business district,” he said. “I think the impact is just having people living in the central business district.”
The project is expected to be completed in 18 months.
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