After meeting with 5 Points West Community leaders, Mayor Randall Woodfin announced on social media last night his commitment to build a city-owned family fun center on Birmingham CrossPlex property by 2024.
Here is the statement Mayor Woodfin released on his Facebook account:
“I’m excited to announce the construction of a new family fun center on the Birmingham CrossPlex property. This facility is planned to have a skating rink, jump park, e-sports center, bowling alley, a food court, and more.
The city has already allocated $2 million for pre-construction, and our target is to have the center open in 2024.”
The city’s Department of Innovation and Economic Opportunity has been working on the family fun center concept for about six months, a spokesperson from the mayor’s office told Bham Now.
Along with a photo posted by the mayor on social media, below are the conceptual renderings of the project from the city.
Providing Input and Moving Forward
On Monday, October 31st, the mayor and his leadership team met with local neighborhood leaders and District 8 Councilor Carol Clarke about the proposal to get their input.
According to Clarke, the meeting went very well with good questions and discourse among the participants. By the end of the meeting, the neighborhood leaders unanimously endorsed moving forward with the development of the project.
Given the “green light” from neighborhood leaders, in the coming weeks, the administration will provide additional plans, costs estimates and details for further collaboration with the neighborhoods and approval by the city council.
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