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Focusing on Huntsville’s future: An update on TIF districts

April 8, 2021 Click to view Focusing on Huntsville’s future: An update on TIF districts

For more than a decade, the City of Huntsville has successfully financed many major improvement projects by using Tax Increment Financing, better known as TIFs. They have helped provide schools, roads, and other infrastructure to support economic development and growth. In Thursday night’s Huntsville City Council meeting, the City’s Finance Director, Penny Smith, provided an update on the City’s six TIF districts. “The TIFs are performing very well and they have played [more]

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Huntsville Extends Face Cover Requirements in City Buildings

April 8, 2021 Click to view Huntsville Extends Face Cover Requirements in City Buildings

The City of Huntsville will require employees and the public to wear face coverings in all City buildings, Mayor Tommy Battle announced Thursday during a news conference at City Hall. Though Alabama’s Safer at Home Order expires Friday, April 9, the City decided to continue its face covering protocols until further notice. There are several exceptions, however, for essential job functions, such as eating or drinking, working outdoors or to enhance communication. “We [more]

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City Celebrates Opening of Dr. Robert Shurney Legacy Center and North Huntsville Library

April 7, 2021 Click to view City Celebrates Opening of Dr. Robert Shurney Legacy Center and North Huntsville Library

The City of Huntsville debuted its latest public amenity on Sparkman Drive to benefit residents living in North Huntsville. Mayor Tommy Battle and District 1 Council Member Devyn Keith hosted a ribbon-cutting on April 7 to open the Dr. Robert Shurney Legacy Center, an eleven-acre campus featuring the new North Huntsville Library and recreation facilities. The $11 million project was funded by the City of Huntsville and donations from private and [more]

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March 2021 – Development Review

April 7, 2021 Click to view March 2021 – Development Review

Continued expansion of the Mazda Toyota and Facebook projects, and the Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering were among the list of non-residential permits issued in March. Both residential permits and certificates of occupancy (COs) increased year-over-year. Residential Permits (new construction) in Huntsville city limits: In March, 575 housing units were permitted, 206 single- and 369 multi-family. The top tract for building permits last month was 106.26 (Plummer Road) where 343 [more]

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Church Street closure temporarily delayed

April 6, 2021 Click to view Church Street closure temporarily delayed

A planned closure of Church Street between Clinton and Williams avenues has been delayed until further notice. The closure was initially planned for Wednesday, April 7, at 8 a.m. Huntsville’s Public Works Department will announce a new closure date as soon as possible.

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City of Huntsville Secures Team Pain to Design World Class Skatepark in John Hunt Park

April 1, 2021 Click to view City of Huntsville Secures Team Pain to Design World Class Skatepark in John Hunt Park

A new cutting-edge sports complex designed by Team Pain is heading to John Hunt Park, this time in the form of an innovative skatepark that will challenge skaters, from professional to novice. The Huntsville City Council approved a resolution on January 14, 2021 that authorized the Mayor to enter into an agreement between the City of Huntsville and Friends of Parks & Recreation for the construction and maintenance of the John Hunt [more]

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Huntsville Animal Services offering adoption special through April 17

March 30, 2021 Click to view Huntsville Animal Services offering adoption special through April 17

Huntsville Animal Services (HAS) is overflowing with dogs of every possible color, size and personality in need of a forever – or even temporary – home. For the next three weeks, through April 17, HAS is offering adoption fees as low as $10. The adoption package includes vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, microchip, a City license and a free bag of dog food. Some exemptions apply. If you’re unable to adopt a pet, consider [more]

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City of Huntsville Municipal Offices Closed for Good Friday

March 29, 2021 Click to view City of Huntsville Municipal Offices Closed for Good Friday

The City of Huntsville’s municipal offices and Municipal Court will be closed Friday, April 2, in observance of Good Friday. City offices will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, April 5. Huntsville Transit will operate a normal schedule for both Orbit fixed-route buses and Access paratransit services. Because garbage collection occurs Monday-Thursday, there will be no change to service. Recycling will also not be affected. All Huntsville Parks & Recreation facilities are closed, except the [more]

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Mayor Battle appoints new directors for Parks & Recreation, Parking & Public Transit

March 25, 2021 Click to view Mayor Battle appoints new directors for Parks & Recreation, Parking & Public Transit

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle on Thursday announced the appointments of Bernita Reese as director of Huntsville Parks & Recreation and Quisha Riche as director of Parking & Public Transit. The Mayor’s recommendations were unanimously approved by the City Council. Reese fills the spot left vacant following Steve Ivey’s recent retirement, while Riche replaces Tommy Brown, who retires in June. Bernita Reese Bernita Reese Reese comes to Huntsville from Columbus, Ohio, where she has served [more]

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Need help after the storm? 211 a valuable resource for residents

March 25, 2021 Click to view Need help after the storm? 211 a valuable resource for residents

When severe weather damages property, homeowners and renters often don’t know where to turn for help. In Huntsville and Madison County, residents should dial 211 Connects Alabama in the event they are left without shelter. The 211 system serves as a clearinghouse for both state and local resources. “If it’s an emergency and you’re in danger, call 911 first and get yourself out of danger,” said Scott Erwin, Huntsville’s Community Development manager. [more]

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