Community Groundbreaking Celebration
The Community Groundbreaking Celebration, held Tuesday night, July 30th, was attended by over 1,ooo people. The celebration focused on the beginning of construction of Publix and T.J.Maxx stores and the revitalization of the existing shopping center.
“It took everybody working together as a team.” said Mayor Othell Phillips, “Council members, the city attorney, the chamber, the economic development board, many entities were involved in putting this together. It’s great for the City of Gardendale, great for the tax base and great for the citizens of Gardendale.”
Speaking at the event were Mayor Othell Phillips, Jay Turner of Preferred Growth Properties, the City Council: Allen Jerkins, Alvin Currington, Blake Guinn, Greg Colvert and City Council President Stan Hogeland, as well as Gardendale resident Patrice Brooks.
Sponsored by the City of Gardendale and the Greater Gardendale Chamber of Commerce, live entertainment, food, inflatables, a photo booth, face painting, and more were provided for the attendees.
More than 1,000 Gardendale residents joined together to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Publix development with a block party Tuesday night.
After years of delays, the city of Gardendale announced in June that the Publix project in the Northgate Village shopping center on Odum Road and Fieldstown Road was moving forward with new developers on board. Century Retail, which owned the property known as the Century Shoppes at Gardendale, sold the shopping center to Preferred Growth Properties. The new group plans to develop the property with Publix as an anchor store, and a T.J.Maxx will open next to Hobby Lobby. The retail center will also include other businesses yet to be announced.
“This project has been a journey,” Mayor Othell Phillips said Tuesday. “It’s coming now. And that’s what we’re here to celebrate.”
The block party event featured live entertainment, free food donated from local vendors, and inflatables and games for children. There was cotton candy and popcorn, face painting, clowns, balloon animals and other activities for families. Free plastic construction hats were handed out to kids and residents were encouraged to pick up a shovel and take part in the groundbreaking.