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'''Colonial Promenade Alabaster''' is a major two-part retail center first opened in [[2005]] at the intersection of [[Highway 31]] and [[I-65]] (Exit 238) in [[Alabaster]]. The 1,000,000 square-foot shopping center, the largest in [[Shelby County]], is owned by [[Colonial Properties Trust]]. It was at the center of a nationally-publicized controversy over the use of eminent domain to facilitate private commercial development.
 
'''Colonial Promenade Alabaster''' is a major two-part retail center first opened in [[2005]] at the intersection of [[Highway 31]] and [[I-65]] (Exit 238) in [[Alabaster]]. The 1,000,000 square-foot shopping center, the largest in [[Shelby County]], is owned by [[Colonial Properties Trust]]. It was at the center of a nationally-publicized controversy over the use of eminent domain to facilitate private commercial development.
  
The $70 million first phase, on the east side of I-65 encompasses 685,000 square feet on 111.2 acres with 18 tenants, including Wal-Mart Supercenter, Belk, Old Navy, Bed Bath and Beyond, Ross, Lowe's, Dress for Less, Pier 1 Imports, [[Books-A-Million]] and an AmStar 14-cinema multiplex. Smaller tenants include Moe's Southwest Grill, Supercuts, Lorch's Jewelers, Claire's, Rue 21, [[Hibbett Sporting Goods]], Merle Norman Cosmetics, Trade Secrets, Sally Beauty Supply, EB Games, Bible Factory Outlet, Perry Allen Gifts, Thacker's, Extreme Wireless, Lee Nails, Cellular Sales, Habañero's, Chuckie's Grilled Subs, Home Theater Experience, and Cold Stone Creamery. Outparcel tenants include Taco Bell, [[Full Moon Bar-B-Q]], Chick-Fil-A, Ruby Tuesday, R. J. Gator's and Buffalo Wild Wings. Wachovia and Aliant Banks have also built branches in the complex. Stores in the first phase opened between May and November, 2005.
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The $70 million first phase, on the east side of I-65 encompasses 685,000 square feet on 111.2 acres with 18 tenants, including Wal-Mart Supercenter, Belk, Old Navy, Bed Bath and Beyond, Ross, Lowe's, Dress for Less, Pier 1 Imports, [[Books-A-Million]] and an AmStar 14-cinema multiplex. Smaller tenants include Moe's Southwest Grill, Supercuts, [[Lorch's Jewelers]], Claire's, Rue 21, [[Hibbett Sporting Goods]], Merle Norman Cosmetics, Trade Secrets, Sally Beauty Supply, EB Games, Bible Factory Outlet, Perry Allen Gifts, Thacker's, Extreme Wireless, Lee Nails, Cellular Sales, Habañero's, Chuckie's Grilled Subs, Home Theater Experience, and Cold Stone Creamery. Outparcel tenants include Taco Bell, [[Full Moon Bar-B-Q]], Chick-Fil-A, Ruby Tuesday, R. J. Gator's and Buffalo Wild Wings. Wachovia and [[Aliant Bank]]s have also built branches in the complex.
  
Of those tenants, Belk and AmStar made their initial forays into the Birmingham market at Colonial Promenade Alabaster.
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Of those tenants, Belk and AmStar made their initial forays into the Birmingham market at Colonial Promenade Alabaster. Stores in the first phase opened between May and November, 2005.
  
 
The center was constructed by [[Brasfield & Gorrie]] and [[Walter Schoel Engineering Company]] to architectural designs by [[CMH Architects]].
 
The center was constructed by [[Brasfield & Gorrie]] and [[Walter Schoel Engineering Company]] to architectural designs by [[CMH Architects]].

Revision as of 17:01, 17 June 2006

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Colonial Promenade Alabaster is a major two-part retail center first opened in 2005 at the intersection of Highway 31 and I-65 (Exit 238) in Alabaster. The 1,000,000 square-foot shopping center, the largest in Shelby County, is owned by Colonial Properties Trust. It was at the center of a nationally-publicized controversy over the use of eminent domain to facilitate private commercial development.

The $70 million first phase, on the east side of I-65 encompasses 685,000 square feet on 111.2 acres with 18 tenants, including Wal-Mart Supercenter, Belk, Old Navy, Bed Bath and Beyond, Ross, Lowe's, Dress for Less, Pier 1 Imports, Books-A-Million and an AmStar 14-cinema multiplex. Smaller tenants include Moe's Southwest Grill, Supercuts, Lorch's Jewelers, Claire's, Rue 21, Hibbett Sporting Goods, Merle Norman Cosmetics, Trade Secrets, Sally Beauty Supply, EB Games, Bible Factory Outlet, Perry Allen Gifts, Thacker's, Extreme Wireless, Lee Nails, Cellular Sales, Habañero's, Chuckie's Grilled Subs, Home Theater Experience, and Cold Stone Creamery. Outparcel tenants include Taco Bell, Full Moon Bar-B-Q, Chick-Fil-A, Ruby Tuesday, R. J. Gator's and Buffalo Wild Wings. Wachovia and Aliant Banks have also built branches in the complex.

Of those tenants, Belk and AmStar made their initial forays into the Birmingham market at Colonial Promenade Alabaster. Stores in the first phase opened between May and November, 2005.

The center was constructed by Brasfield & Gorrie and Walter Schoel Engineering Company to architectural designs by CMH Architects.

The smaller second phase, on 55 acres on the west side of I-65, is set to a include a Target, T. J. Maxx, Best Buy, J. C. Penney and PetsMart. It is scheduled to open in 2007.

Controversy

The project was opposed by some of the property owners whose land was needed for the development. A group of ten owners sued the City of Alabaster and Colonial Properties to prevent the controversial use of eminent domain to force them to sell approximately 10 of the 400 acres needed. In June 2003, the Alabaster City Council voted 6-0 (with 1 abstention) to adopt the I-65, 238 Urban Renewal and Urban Redevelopment Plan which determined that the property in question was a "blighted area". The city subsequently entered into an agreement to condemn and seize the land, and then exchange it and certain infrastructure improvements for the construction of new city facilities to be provided by Shelby Land Partners, a limited-liability corporation established to negotiate with the city for the development. At the time Wal-Mart and Belk had already been announced as prospective tenants.

The story was picked up nationally by critics of what many consider to be abuse of eminent domain. Landowner Lily Spence appeared on CNN to voice her objections to having her property condemned. The case was cited by Montgomery legislators who passed legislation severely restricting the scope of public uses allowed in eminent domain cases. The July 2005 law followed a Supreme Court decision in a Massachusetts dispute that the matter was for states to decide.

References

  • Boortz, Neal. (August 21, 2003) "Draw the line in Alabaster." Nealz Nuze. [1] - accessed June 17, 2006
  • Daniels, Malcomb. (August 25, 2003) "Shelby court may hear land case." Birmingham News.
  • Guarino, Fred (January 6, 2004) "Eminent domain settlement reached - eight of 10 landowners agree to sell."
  • Wilkinson, Kaija (July 21, 2005) "Alabaster's Colonial Promenade filling up fast." Birmingham Business Journal.
  • Guarino, Fred. (September 20, 2005) "Alabaster starts process for Colonial Promenade South". Shelby County Reporter.
  • Daniels, Malcomb. (June 17, 2006) "Retail center lineup unveiled." Birmingham News.