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Greenville Plaza set to open later this year

For weeks, residents have noticed a lot of dirt being moved, concrete being poured and such, next door to the Jameson Inn.

It was even the topic of discussion at the Greenville Planning Commission meeting held Monday afternoon at City Hall. City Inspector John Haire said it was the topic of conversation in town.

&uot;Everyone wants to know about the new building site located next to Ruby Tuesday,&uot; Haire said.

&uot;The developers are putting up the building, which will be similar to a strip mall, and they will have it ready for whomever decides to come into it once it’s finished.

There should be about five or six stores coming into it.

It should be completed in about three months,&uot; Haire said.

As it turns out, the property is being developed by Retail Specialists out of Dothan.

According to William B. Clements, project leasing specialist, the new shopping center will be known as Greenville Plaza.

There will be several specialty stores, and one of the hub stores has already been assigned.

"Right now, we have Movie Gallery going there," he said.

"We are also speaking with a number of groups that we believe will be a great fit for the space and for Greenville."

He would not elaborate on who the other companies are, but did say announcements would be forthcoming.

"It's a great location with several strong, longstanding businesses around it such as Ruby Tuesday and The Jameson Inn," he said.

"There is great access already in place, Wal-Mart is a short distance away and you have great interstate visibility."

He said the building would be upscale and that his company has had great experience with putting upscale businesses in place.

"We represent a number of different tenants," he said. "We know that the Greenville market is a good one and that is growing.

With that information, and experience, that is what led us to the leasing of the center. We feel like it will do well in the area and hopefully bring in new businesses."

Also at Monday's meeting, Willie Mae Robinson brought two subdivision requests before the committee. The first one was approved for a subdivision of one to three lots located on Administrative Drive, with the second approval coming for a subdivision of one to two lots located on the corner of Administrative Drive and West Commerce.

Brooks Day, of Construction Components, Inc., asked for a site development plan in order to get everything ready for a new building.

Construction Components, now located on North Conecuh Street, would be moving to Aztec Road off of Alabama Highway 185, which is commonly known as Industrial Park.

&uot;It’s a better site; there is more industry at the new location than on North Conecuh,&uot; Day said.

&uot;It will be an area of approximately 16.7 acres.

With this new building, we’ll be able to double the workforce at Construction Components, which, of course, will be good news for the city.&uot;

Chairman Richard Branum and the committee agreed that being able to hire more employees is always a plus for the area, and they approved the request.

The next Planning Commission meeting will be held on Monday, Aug. 1, at City Hall.

Regina Grayson contributed to this report.