During a Monday morning community meeting centered around the continued development of downtown Albemarle, Albemarle Economic Director Keith Tunnell presented an update on arguably the biggest project taking place in the city: the Albemarle Business Center.
During the city council’s Dec. 21 meeting, the council approved a phased buildout of the ABC which included construction on only the front section of the industrial park, partial road build and provided infrastructure to the property.
Placemaking projects are created to bring people together in a public space and can range from the small (installing adult-size board games in a park) to the very large (the Cloud Gate structure located at Chicago’s Millennium Park).
Hardy said the city expects the draft design plan to be ready in a few weeks and the decorative poles to be delivered by late spring.
The team has been working with a consultant for the past year and is currently finalizing a draft plan.