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The Eclipse unveiled: The latest addition to CityCentre in downtown Huntsville –

By Paul Gattis |

The introduction came by a snazzy video to unveil a snazzy name.

It’s not just a giant upscale apartment complex in downtown Huntsville that city leaders and developers formally broke ground on Tuesday. It’s the Eclipse and it’s the latest addition to the CityCentre developmentoverlooking Big Spring Park.

New Jersey-based Spring Bay Property Company is the lead developer in the residential component of CityCentre, which is being developed by RCP Companies in Huntsville, the Eclipse will feature 278 units ranging from studio apartments to 2- bedroom residences.

It will be built adjacent to the AC Hotel by Marriott, which opened earlier this year, at Williams Avenue and Joseph Lowery Boulevard.

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“CityCentre is a destination that strengthens Huntsville’s urban core and complements a growing number of new downtown offerings and existing cultural amenities,” said Lindsey Patillo Keane, marketing and property activation with RCP. “This is the epicenter of downtown Huntsville, where important connections are made that will improve pedestrian movement and enhance already successful city events.”

Keane touted the Eclipse as having a courtyard pool, gated park and “stunning panoramic views of Big Spring Park” located across Williams Avenue.

The projected is targeting occupation as soon as late 2020, she said.

“We’re ready to roll,” Keane said.

The five-floor complex will also have 18,000 square feet of upscale restaurant and retail space on the ground floor.

“I think this project is going to be yet another piece in the great puzzle that is a growing downtown Huntsville,” said Dennis Madsen, manager of urban & long-range planning for the city of Huntsville.

Indeed, Mayor Tommy Battle praised the new project as being a part of the plans for growth in the downtown district and helps make the city more appealing as a relocation destination.

That distinction has taken on added significance with the anticipation of 14,000 new jobs being created in the Huntsville area over the next three years and a call to recruit out-of-towners to help fill those positions.

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The Eclipse, unveiled Dec. 3, 2019 as upscale apartment complex at CityCentre development in downtown Huntsville.

“It brings an element to our community that before we had not had,” Battle said. “It brings in the combination of restaurants and hotels and eventually offices and apartments, urban living that can attract people from all over the United States and throughout the world.

“This is part of the plan, part of the strategy to be able to attract that workforce, give people a place where they can live and they can play and they can work close to. You put all that together and you have a successful community.”

Next up on CityCentre’s agenda is completing plans for a three-park public art display as well as a artisanal market – a sort of food hall with a social allure, Keane said.

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The Eclipse, unveiled Dec. 3, 2019 as upscale apartment complex at CityCentre development in downtown Huntsville.

“You can do some light grocery shopping, buy pastries and breads and various cultures of food,” she said. “We’ve got some nice little offerings there.”

And it caters to a growing desire for some to live – as the development says – at the center of the city.

“I think a lot of people are enjoying the fact that they can park for the weekend when they get home from work and be able to walk and enjoy and live where they play, walk to concerts, walk around the park, take their dog for a walk in a kind of beautiful, dense community,” Keane said. “I think that’s going to be a big reason why this is successful. People can enjoy art and music and the park and restaurants all within walking distance of their own home.”

5 New Reasons to Visit Huntsville, AL in 2020 – StyleBluePrint

by Zoe YarboroughZoe is a StyleBlueprint staff writer, Charlotte native, Washington & Lee graduate and Nashville transplant of seven years. She teaches Pilates, helps manage recording artists and likes to “research” Germantown’s food scene.

More people moved to Huntsville, Alabama in 2018 than to any other city in the state. In fact, last year, 3.4 million people visited Madison County — where Huntsville is located. The influx of tech companies and other businesses moving to Huntsville continues to feed this vibrant economy with new cultural and culinary experiences that attract residents and visitors alike. While places like the U.S. Space & Rocket CenterCampus No. 308 and Huntsville Botanical Gardens are still at the top of everyone’s Huntsville lists, there are some new reasons that make Huntsville worth another visit.

3. See CityCentre at Big Spring.

HVL visitors can behold a stellar view of Big Spring International Park — one of the city’s treasures — at the new AC Hotel. The new 120-room hotel is a stone’s throw from the Von Braun Center, downtown restaurants and shops. It also features a full-service bar and restaurant, 3,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and an artisanal food hall.

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Huntsville Hospital announces $150 million expansion

Huntsville Hospital will be undergoing a $150 million expansion in downtown Huntsville beginning next year.

The hospital announced plans Wednesday for the construction of a tower on Gallatin Street that will include 72 beds and 24 operating rooms as well as shelled-in space for future use.

The tower will be built directly across Gallatin Street from the hospital’s main entrance and be connected to the hospital via an elevated walkway.

The project is expected to take about two years to complete, according to the hospital.

In the announcement, hospital CEO David Spillers said the hospital needs the additional space to accommodate growth in the Huntsville area – specifically citing the Mazda Toyota Manufacturing USA plant expected to create 4,000 jobs.

“We’re blessed to be in a dynamic area where companies want to locate,” Spillers said in the announcement. “For us, the challenge is making sure we are prepared to meet the health care needs of all these new residents in addition to the existing population. The approval of our new West Bed Tower is an important step in that direction.”

The additional patient rooms will also allow the hospital to convert some semi-private rooms into private rooms.

Huntsville Hospital first notified state health planning officials in June 2017 of its intention to build a new free-standing bed tower. The Alabama Certificate of Need Review Board approved the project at its meeting Wednesday in Montgomery.

Sen. Richard Shelby: Critical Funding Approved for Huntsville, Including $110M for New Federal Courthouse

By Huntsville Madison County Chamber 

The new $1.3 trillion spending package passed by Congress late Thursday night and signed by President Trump Friday will benefit many federal activities in North Alabama. The spending bill will keep the government funded through the end of September.

Senator Richard Shelby

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, said the FY 2018 appropriations bill will benefit many federal activities in Alabama and national defense.

“Through this appropriations measure, Alabama will receive significant funding for a number of priorities around the state,” Senator Shelby said. “I look forward to seeing our state benefit from this robust bill.”

Alabama-related items include:

  • Redstone Arsenal – Important funding for critical research and development activities that are being conducted by the Army Space and Missile Defense Command that will enable the U.S. Army to deter and prepare for conflicts of the future, including investments to advance our cybersecurity, directed energy technology and capabilities in space;
  • Development of a new rocket propulsion system to modernize our national security space launch – Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV), which is $100 million above the President’s budget request.
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration – The bill includes $20.7 billion for NASA, which is $1.1 billion above the FY2017 enacted level and $1.6 billion above the budget request, to support the human and robotic exploration of space, fund science missions that enhance the understanding of the Earth, the solar system, and the universe, and support fundamental aeronautics research.
  • Huntsville – $110 million to fund a new federal courthouse in Huntsville.

The Huntsville/Madison County Chamber thanks Senator Shelby for his strong support of our region.

“Senator Shelby has been our champion on the Hill, fighting for our nation’s continued leadership in the human exploration of deep space and supporting critical programs to enhance our national defense,” said Chip Cherry, the Chamber’s President and CEO. “This appropriation far exceeds what we could have hoped to get for the program.”

“We are very grateful to Senator Shelby for his leadership to secure funding for so many Alabama projects and especially for his support for our local Huntsville projects,” said Mike Ward, the Chamber’s Senior Vice President of Government & Public Affairs. “In addition to support for our key space and defense programs, Senator Shelby also helped to fund a long overdue new Federal Courthouse for our district.”

CityCentre announces AC Hotels construction timeline, artisanal food hall

CityCentre announces AC Hotels construction timeline, artisanal food hall

By Lucy Berry
June 16, 2016

Work will begin this month on a new-to-Alabama hotel at one of the city’s most anticipated projects in downtown Huntsville.

RCP Companies and Yedla Hotel Management confirm grading will start before the end of June on AC Hotels by Marriott, a proposed 150-unit boutique hotel at CityCentre at Big Spring at the old Holiday Inn site, which was razed in January 2015. Vertical construction will follow early this fall.

The hotel will be the 10th U.S. location for AC Hotels, a global joint venture with Spanish hotelier Antonio Catalán. Yedla Management Company, which owns and operates Starwood, Marriott and Hilton franchises, will run the property.

RCP Director of Acquisitions and Asset Management Odie Fakhouri said the hotel will be customized for Huntsville and have integrated new restaurants with rooftop bars and outdoor terraces overlooking Big Spring International Park.

“The results are delivery of a special hotel experience that resonates with the local market and embodies a unique personality within the brand,” he said in a statement.

Plans to get started on the European-inspired hotel were delayed last year due to an internal impact study by Marriott, which determined the property will not pose an unfair competitive advantage over other Marriott brands in the city. Fakhouri said the hotel will be complete by next summer.

CityCentre at Big Spring, a $100 million project, will also feature a 12,000-square-foot artisanal food hall called The Public Market designed by The Gravity Company, an Orlando consulting firm. Ray Schaefer, founding partner of The Gravity Company, said food halls offer a “snapshot of a community’s culinary and cultural identity.”

The food hall at CityCentre will be inspired by Ponce City Market and Krog Street in Atlanta, Eataly in Chicago and The Source in Denver.

“Food halls are a part of a culinary trend spreading throughout the U.S., born of an era in which the old way of buying and consuming is new again,” Schaefer said. “They celebrate emerging talent and give small purveyors a chance to display their creative skills in a brick-and-mortar location.”

More CityCentre details are expected this summer.

The project as a whole will feature approximately 50,000 square feet of retail, upscale homes, structured/street-level parking, and regional and local cuisine. It will also have pedestrian crossings, bike pathways, walkways and a linear park that connects visitors to Big Spring Park, the VBC, Twickenham Square, medical district and other nearby properties.

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