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Recent Developments

Dowtown hotel and parking deck announcement a "gamechanger"
In September, Fairfield by Marriott announced plans – made possible by local investors – to local an 80-room property at the intersection of Second Ave. and Moulton St. in our downtown Decatur district. The project is the result of collaboration between government and private enterprise that will be a gamechanger for the landscape of our business community, serving restaurants, retail, entertainment, government, and commerce in Decatur-Morgan County. And since the initial announcement, plans are underway to develop a 200-plus space parking deck adjacent to the hotel to support guest as well as local businesses. Both projects will be long-term revenue producers for our city and help attract other developers to our area. For more on this project, click here.

Decatur ranked #15 in U.S. for emerging markets
In October, The Wall Street Journal announced the U.S. Emerging Housing Markets Index for Fall 2021 and ranked Decatur as #15 in the country. The ranking is based on which housing markets are expected to provide both a strong return on investment as well as an enjoyable place to live coupled with a good place to invest. These results come from years of planning, visioning and partnering on strategies to attract quality residential developments to our community. To read the study and rankings, click here.

Sixth Avenue Streetscape to reimagine city entryway  
As a subgroup born from the Chamber's strategic plan "The Partnership," a group of city and business leaders are spearheading the plan to developing an in-depth strategy to address not just appearances, but safety, walkability, burying utilities, efficient traffic flow, and creating a positive front door to our city from the base of the Tennessee River bridge coming into our city for approximately one to just south of Delano Park on Sixth Ave. The plan includes lighting, sidewalks, and streetscaping, and is being developed in collaboration with Volkert Engineering and the Alabama Department of Transportation. The "gateway" to our city was a top community concern during the OneDecatur comprehensive plan processes in 2016, and now a proposal featuring input from the community is on the table and moving forward. To see the presentation of the plan, click here.

The Chamber wishes to thank its Strategic Partners for their support.

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