PHENIX CITY, Ala. – Phenix City is continuing to see new development particularly along the Riverfront. The Phenix City – Russell County Chamber of Commerce hosted a meeting Thursday night with developers and city leaders who discussed the future of redevelopment in the city.
Briuanna Edge often visits her sister who lives near Troy University in Phenix City. She’s excited about 3rd Avenue reopening.
“It’s very frustrating. You always have to wait for those long lights and have to go all the way around and pass dollar general to come here,” she said.
Wade Burford with the Phenix City Chamber of Commerce says he sees Phenix City heading in a direction offering citizens closer access to venues.
“It’s all about quality of life and it’s all about being inclusive so, where we want to see things go is more development, more infrastructure, more amenities, green space, restaurants,” he said.
He says the Marriott and Troy University are catalysts for change. Burford also says 3rd Ave. and the public parking garage are projects that are helping keep the redevelopment momentum going.
“Those were the secondary developments that happened right after the Marriott and Troy placed their buildings here and that was exactly what catalysts do. They get the willingness and desire to do things. To put more infrastructure in place,” Burford said.
Edge thinks future development in Phenix City will be beneficial for the city.
“Everything looks nice over here with the river and the hotel right by. Everything looks nice. It doesn’t really look like a project apartment with everything behind it,” she said.
Mayor Eddie Lowe did not give a specific date for the 3rd Ave. reopening, but says they are getting closer. At Thursday night’s meeting Mat Swift with WC Bradley Company suggested using more art, encouraging people to park and walk from parking garages, and more kid and dog friendly events.