As the city of Spanish Fort enters its 23rd year of incorporation next month, its government faces the challenge of managing rapid growth while maintaining what it considers its hometown community traits. Spanish Fort is one of the fastest-growing cities in one of Alabama’s fastest-growing counties.
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June 17th, 2015 — Spanish Fort
Traffic and parking woes along the Eastern Shore are not lost on business owners. In downtown Fairhope today, most parking spaces were taken for most of the afternoon.
“The traffic is beginning to get really clogged on a daily basis. We have so many more people visiting now than we used to. It’s not just weekends, it’s not just seasonal. It’s every day,” Louanne Harrell, part owner of Fairhope Pharmacy, said.
But with shopping, dining and other activities being so popular, the Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is looking at creating a connecting hub system between these Fairhope, Daphne and Spanish Fort.
June 8th, 2015 — Spanish Fort
Police on Monday arrested a Spanish Fort woman accused of vandalizing Faith Academy in Mobile with two other unidentified women.
Authorities booked Brittany Michelle Broadhead, 22, into Mobile County Metro Jail on one count of third-degree burglary. She has no known prior arrests in Mobile or Baldwin counties.
New park’s opening ‘our way of coming back’ as Spanish Fort Town Center looks to add tenants to empty storefronts | AL.com
The approximately $2 million park on 3.5 acres features a splash pad, exercise areas, horseshoe pits, playground equipment and a large pavilion.
The park’s opening came on the same day Costco opened its store at the 650,000-square-foot McGowin Park shopping development off Interstate 65 near Hank Aaron Stadium.
It also comes as retail activity in the Eastern Shore increases as Daphne’s Jubilee Square, located across I-10 along U.S. 98, has experienced a post-recession resurgence.
For the second consecutive meeting, the Daphne City Council did not hold a vote on a de-annexation request from the city of Spanish Fort June 1.
Spanish Fort Mayor Mike McMillan made a request April 29 that Daphne consent to the de-annexation of a 4.19-acre parcel in the Spanish Fort Town Center north of Interstate 10 so that it can be annexed into Spanish Fort. McMillan and City Attorney David Conner approached the council at its May 11 work session to discuss the issue and also came to the council’s May 26 and June 1 meetings hoping for a vote.
At the June 1 meeting the resolution was introduced by Councilman Ron Scott but was not seconded, leading the council to take no action. Scott later said he was concerned that Daphne had not received all the information it had requested regarding the annexation. He said he did not want Daphne to be seen as obstructing progress at the Spanish Fort Town Center, but said he needed more information before making a decision.
The Spanish Fort High School Toros Football team are the shining stars of the Eastern Shore city, but today, their city council did not vote in their favor.
Monday, June 1, the Spanish Fort City Council voted against a motion to install an artificial turf on the football field of Spanish Fort High School.
The city’s mayor, Mike McMillan, had proposed the project, noting that it made good business sense for the city.
While the turf would cost taxpayers some $760,000, McMillan said it has a 12 to 14 year life span and a 10 year warranty. Future replacement would be half the cost. He said the turf would end up saving the high school money, that it could use for other necessities.
Irvine, Calif.-based Passco Companies LLC has purchased The Arlington at Eastern Shore for nearly $42.975 million.
The 300-unit multifamily development in Spanish Fort was acquired using Fannie Mae financing, Gary Goodman, Passco’s senior vice president of acquisitions, said in a prepared statement.
“With increasing population and job growth anticipated in the region, this property is poised for ongoing strong performance, and we are pleased to be able to provide such a concrete asset to our investors,” Goodman said, noting the property has maintained an average occupancy rate of 96.5 percent during the past two years.
Slide the City Mobile registration opening Monday (and yes, the event will be in Spanish Fort) | AL.com
May 31st, 2015 — Spanish Fort
It’s going to be called Slide the City Mobile, but the event will actually take place across the bay, on a hill in Spanish Fort that takes riders on a 50-foot drop down the length of three football fields on an inflatable water slide.
According to Slide the City’s Facebook page and a local organizer, registration for the 1,000-foot-long, traveling slip-and-slide starts Monday online.
Slide the City will be held on Town Center Drive in Spanish Fort on June 26 and 27, according to Kurt Larsen, marketing director for the Salt Lake City-based company that produces Slide the City, Color Me Rad and other traveling special events. As of Sunday afternoon, the website slidethecity.com hadn’t been updated to include the Spanish Fort location, but it was confirmed by Larsen in an email.
The Spanish Fort City Council hosted a public hearing May 19 on a proposal to spend approximately $769,000 to install artificial turf at the Spanish Fort High School football stadium, an expenditure the council is expected to consider in June. The turf is estimated to last 10 to 15 years, and replacing it would cost an estimated $350,000.
Spanish Fort High School athletic director and head football coach Ben Blackmon admitted the turf would be a big expense up front, but suggested it would save the city money in the future. He said approximately $128,000 has been spent in the last year on expenses related to the football stadium grass. He said an additional $43,000 was spent to repair grass at the high school’s baseball stadium after football teams used it for practice when the football stadium was occupied.
Supporters of a $769,000 city expenditure for new artificial field turf at the high school football field say the expenditure is more of a community issue and not all about football.
Opponents say the city should focus its tax money on more city-related services while placing more of a focus on academics and not athletics.
Both sides got a chance to publicly speak their positions during a hearing Tuesday at The Gathering Place.
Ross Dress For Less has leased 22,500 square feet of space in Foley Square off Ala. 59 and Pride Drive in Foley, adjacent to the center’s anchor store, Academy Sports Outdoors, according to Josh Burmeister and Buff Teague of JLL, who represented the landlord. Ross Dress For Less sells brand-name clothing, shoes, accessories and housewares at discount prices. Construction on the store space will begin in August. Academy Sports opened its new 62,000-square-foot store last week.
The MR/DD Board paid $80,000 for a lot on U.S. 90 in Robertsdale, and plan to build an office there, according to Joe Steen Real Estate & Development. The board provides services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
ProHealth, which provides home health services, has leased 1,300-square-foot office at 105 Lottie Lane in Fairhope, and will open next month,according to Joe Steen Real Estate & Development.
Stirling Properties has been hired as the new leasing and sales agency for Spanish Fort Town Center off Interstate 10 and U.S. 98 in Spanish Fort, according to Stirling’s Angela McArthur and Jeff Barnes, who will handle leasing at the center. The 447,748-square-foot mixed use development on 230 acres is anchored by Bass Pro Shops, JC Penney and Kohl’s. The first step in revamping the center will be the opening of a new community park on 3.5 acres near JC Penney, according to McArthur. The park will open in June and feature a splash pad, children’s park and an outdoor exercise area.
Ron Jon Surf Shop will open later this month and will be the first business to open in Amber Isle at 22753 Perdido Beach Blvd., in Orange Beach, according to store officials. The 7,300-square-foot store will eventually be joined by the Wing Shack, Hotel Indigo and White Sands Resort hotel.
A local builder paid $80,000 for 4.3 bank-owned acres on Perdido Beach Boulevard in Orange Beach adjacent to Gulf State Park, according to Pratt Thomas of Merrill P.Thomas Co., who represented the bank. The property is across the street from the Gulf and has 1.5 acres of wetlands, he said. The developers owed more than $1 million on the land when they gave it back to the bank several years ago. At one time a condo project, Romar Villas, was planned for the property.The buyer, Jeff Patterson, is looking to build a road over that acreage, according to Thomas. Perry Mason of Avast Realty worked for the buyer.
From Mr. McRae
I am aware of a sign that was on our flag pole at SFHS today. I had it checked out and it’s interpretation is not a threat or anything that would cause us concern. I will be reviewing the cameras to try and find our who put the sign up.
Diamond in the rough: Exotic interchange could be coming to Ala. 181 and I-10 in Baldwin County | AL.com
An exotic concept to interchange design that first surfaced in a graduate student’s term paper more than 15 years ago before debuting in the U.S. in 2009 could be coming soon to Baldwin County.
Alabama state transportation officials are studying the diverging diamond interchange concept for the congested Ala. 181 interchange with Interstate 10 in Spanish Fort. If transportation officials can make the design possible for the interchange leading motorists to the Eastern Shore Centre, the concept could make its state debut sometime in the next couple of years.
If a Spanish Fort Toros football game is broadcast on TV this fall, Mayor Mike McMillan wants to make sure viewers glean a positive image of the city and its school.
The same goes for residents, families and others who attend one of the team’s home games in person.
“You want people who move in (to Spanish Fort) view the city has a progressive city and those kinds of things,” McMillan said Wednesday on one of the factors behind his support for an estimated $769,000 artificial playing surface purchase and installation at the high school’s football field.
May 1st, 2015 — Spanish Fort