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Vestavia Hills moving forward with $15 million municipal complex

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Vestavia Hills' current municipal center off of Highway 31. (abc3340.com) Vestavia Hills' current municipal center off of Highway 31. (abc3340.com)
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Plans to build a new municipal center in Vestavia Hills are moving forward.  Tuesday evening, city officials began interviewing construction managers for the $15 million project.  Mayor Butch Zaragoza says the city expects to close on the land for the new center by the end of the month.

Vestavia Hills will pay $1.15 million for the old Food World in the Vestavia Plaza Shopping Center.  The building has been empty for about four years.  The city is also buying an adjacent property, which formerly housed Joe's Ranch House, for $825,000.  

The money to pay for the properties will come from the sale of the current municipal center.  Chick-fil-A intends to buy the lot.  Because the sale is not yet final, the mayor declined to name the amount of the offer.  However, he did say it would be enough to buy both Food World and Joe's.

Both buildings will be torn down.  Construction could begin in several months.  The construction costs will be covered by a bond issue, which the mayor says should not be a problem for the city.  Vestavia Hills has some of the highest ratings in Alabama.  In fact, on Monday, Fitch renewed its AA+ standing.

If all goes as planned, construction will be completed in July 2015, allowing city offices - including police and fire - to move out of the current 30,000 square foot building and into the new 50,000 square feet complex.  That will be a relief to Mayor Zaragoza, who says, "we have 324 employees... and we've got individuals that are two and three people sharing offices that we need to relocate."

 

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