PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - Across the bridge overlooking the Gateway to East Alabama, a transformation was expected with new retailers and businesses to be up and running tentatively on May 1, 2018.
The city council got a $2.8 million bond back in March of 2017, but today residents of Phenix City say they are wondering where the development is.
Phenix City Assistant City Manager Stephen Smith said in an email on Monday the civil engineering for the development and access permits from Alabama Department of Transportation onto HWY 431 have taken longer than anticipated.
Also, a small wetlands area was identified during the engineering work up and this is in the process of mitigation. The process takes 90 to 120 days.
"The project is moving forward but it will be early 2019 before completion," Smith said.
City officials said in 2017 this new development would include a new anchor grocery store, called Renfroe's Market will be coming to the south end of the city along 431 South.
Based out of Montgomery, the store will be the first of its kind. Bringing with it dozens of other stores, and thousands of dollars to the local economy.
The grocery store is expected to be 39,000 square feet, along with another 35-40,000 square feet of retail.
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