Rebuild Tuscaloosa Task Force

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The Rebuild Tuscaloosa Task Force is a task force established by Tuscaloosa mayor Walt Maddox on May 5, 2011. The purpose of the task force is to establish standards for both rehabilitation and new construction in areas of Tuscaloosa that suffered extensive damage as part of the 2011 tornado outbreak. Led by John McConnell, director of development services for Tuscaloosa, the task force consists of over 40 individuals who are either professionals in the construction industry or live in the areas affected by the tornado. The stated goal of the force is to submit a plan to the planning and zoning commission by July 1, and to the Tuscaloosa City Council by August 1.

The immediate action taken by the task force is working to develop a system to allow for expedited rehabilitations and demolitions of structures affected by the tornado. In order to accomplish this, temporary satellite offices were established in Alberta City, near the intersection of 15th Street and McFarland Boulevard and along 10th Avenue near Rosedale Court. Secondly, an assessment team will evaluate all structures in the recovery zones affected by the storm in determining which structures are safe, need minor repairs or will be condemned. Finally, the task force will work to develop a comprehensive, long-term view of how to rebuild the affected areas.