5 game-changing developments in Alabama, including the City Harbor at Lake Guntersville

City Harbor
City Harbor at Lake Guntersville. Photo via City Harbor Guntersville AL on Facebook

Keep reading to learn more about five construction projects we can’t wait to see completed, including the City Harbor at Lake Guntersville!

1. City Harbor — Lake Guntersville

Located along the banks of Lake Guntersville, City Harbor is an exciting new development bringing even more fun and entertainment to your next lake trip. Earlier this year, Guntersville City Officials joined members of Lakeside Investments and Milam & Company Construction to break ground on the City Harbor at Lake Guntersville, a mixed-use entertainment project built right on the water.

Once complete, the City Harbor at Lake Guntersville will offer 55,000 square feet of space for restaurants, retail outlets, hospitality and more, including:

  • Another Broken Egg Cafe
  • The Southern Brewers Co-Operative
  • La Esquina Cocina
  • The Wake Eatery

Construction on the City Harbor at Lake Guntersville is moving along right on schedule, with a planned opening date of April 2022.

2. CityWalk BHAM — Birmingham

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A rendering of the City Walk skate park under the I-59/20 bridge. Rendering via City Walk BHAM

The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) has big plans for the area under the recently-completed I-59/20 bridge in downtown Birmingham. Earlier this year, Birmingham-based contractor Brasfield & Gorrie kicked off construction on City Walk BHAM—a massive park project that aims to connect The Magic City in new ways.

Once complete, the 31-acre park be split into eight “blocks”:

  • A: 15th Street to 16th Street, Recreational Sports and Gathering Space — plans include challenge course, amphitheater, civil rights story zone, recreational sports space with artificial turf, multi-use field, gathering space, 1/4-mile walking trail.
  • B: 16th Street to 18th Street, Food Trucks, Skate Park — plans include a roller skating rink, food trucks, activity zone, skate park.
  • C: 18th Street to 19th Street, Performance Space, Outdoor Classroom — plans include performance space, outdoor classroom, parking.
  • D: 19th Street to Richard Arrington Jr Blvd, Central Plaza — plans include an outdoor stage, central gathering space, green ribbon garden path, water feature, restrooms, security station, info desk.
  • E: Richard Arrington Jr Blvd to 22nd Street, Market Space — plans for this block include a market space.
  • F: 22nd Street to 23rd Street, Beer and Wine Garden — plans include a beer and wine garden, green ribbon garden path.
  • G: 23rd Street to 24th Street, Dog Park — plans include a dog park, pickleball, restrooms, and parking.
  • H: 24th Street to 25th Street, Gateway to City Walk with Pond and Playground — plans include a gateway pond, greenspace, playground, restroom and pavilion.

According to ALDOT, the plan is to have a portion of City Walk BHAM complete in time for The World Games 2022, which kicks off on July 7, 2022.

3. Montgomery Whitewater Project — Montgomery

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The upcoming $50M Montgomery Whitewater Project. Rendering via Montgomery Whitewater Project

Earlier this year, construction crews broke ground on the Montgomery Whitewater Project, a massive, $50M Olympic-standard whitewater and outdoor activities center located on 120 acres in Alabama’s capital city. Designed with experts AND beginners in mind, the man-made recirculating whitewater course will feature two channels that carry kayakers & whitewater rafters throughout the park.

Once complete, the park with include the two-channel whitewater course, zip lines, rope courses, rock climbing walls and so much more. There will even be a beach area with cabanas! And the best part? It’s all within walking distance of downtown Montgomery.

According to officials, the Montgomery Whitewater Project is scheduled to celebrate their grand opening in Summer 2023.

4. Huntsville Courthouse — Huntsville

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A rendering of the $79.8 million courthouse planned for Huntsville. Rendering via U.S. General Services Administration

For years, officials have looked in replacing Huntsville’s aging Federal Courthouse, which was originally built in 1936. Now, thanks to funding from the Consolidated Appropriations Act, construction on a stunning new Federal Courthouse in Huntsville is scheduled to start in Spring 2022.

Located on a 5-acre property at the corner of Gallatin Street and Lowe Avenue, Huntsville’s upcoming Federal Courthouse will contain 123,000-square-feet of space across three stories. Inside, the courthouse will include:

  • Five courtrooms
  • Six judge’s chambers
  • Offices for:
    • U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Alabama
    • The Bankruptcy Court of Northern Alabama
    • The U.S. Marshals Service
    • The U.S. Attorney’s Office

5. South Alabama Logisitics Park — Mobile

South Alabama Logistics Park
Rendering of the South Alabama Logistics Park in Mobile, Alabama. Rendering via BPG/Burton Property Group

Announced earlier this year, the upcoming South Alabama Logistics Park in Mobile is set to be the largest industrial park in the entire state! Located south of I-10 along Theodore-Dawes Road, the South Alabama Industrial Park is meant to aid companies utilizing the Port of Mobile.

Once complete, the 1,300-acre park will include Class A Industrial and Distribution space, as well as 6M square-feet of office space.

Which developments in Alabama are you most excited by? Tag us @thebamabuzz to let us know!

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Nathan Watson
Tennessee native who fell in love with Birmingham during college. Graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 2019. Passionate about Birmingham and its continued growth.
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