LaFayette, AL begins multi-million dollar revitalization project

LaFayette, AL (WTVM) -  Following years of work, one East Alabama city is getting a multi-million dollar makeover.

Project managers in Lafayette said they are looking to bring new life to the city of about 3,000 citizens.

Revitalizing youth and recreation programs along with bringing new life to the city is what leaders of Lafayette say a new master plan will accomplish. After listening to the community, officials said they came up with three phases worth of projects for this around 50 acres of land worth $125,000 purchased at the end of 4th Place Southeast.

"What we have in our master plan is something for everyone," said LaFayette Mayor Barry Moody.

Phase 1 is the playground equipment – roughly $150,000 - officials said is covered almost all by a grant.

Phase 2 is where a walking trail, splash pad, bike trail, picnic pavilions, and track will be created.

"We are excited about the opportunity to have a track that can be used for high school events along with our local youth," said Moody.

Project managers said they will wrap things up with phase 3  where an event center and large pavilion could host reception-type events and community gatherings.

"We want to do all we can to make life more comfortable and convenient for everyone in the city," said  Toney Thomas, LaFayette District C city councilman.

Developers are hoping these new facilities will also act as a recruiting tool for potential employers.

"A safe environment to enjoy family time, feel safe, and not have to travel too far is a big deal," said  Christ Busby with the Chambers County Development Authority.

City officials said the majority of the about $4 million of this project will be covered by donations, grants, or possible corporate sponsors.

"It brings the city, the citizens, the adults, the kids, it brings all of us together," said Thomas.

Project managers hope by the beginning of 2020, they will be starting on phases 1 and 2 in the books and be starting on phase 3.

"I couldn't be any more proud of a city than I am of LaFayette," said Moody.

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