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Phenix City announces Homage Park to revitalize the city

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PHENIX CITY, Ala. -

6.5 million dollars. It's how much money Phenix City needs to create a new park that will honor Military Veterans. The city hopes this project will be the catalyst for revitalization.

Homage Park will be a partnership between the American Legion and Phenix City. The city already has some real estate projects that are expected to generate around $3 million dollars but they still need help from the community.

"It would be the best thing that has happened to Phenix City in a very long time," said Phenix City Mayor Eddie Lowe.

12 acres of land sitting slightly off the intersection of 13th street and Crawford road is what city officials are hoping will revitalize the area. Ideally in 18 months the city wants this vacant lot, the former home of Cobb Hospital, to be a community center and a park that honors Alabama Veterans.

Mayor Eddie Lowe showed conceptual images of a new American Legion post, Phenix City museum, and a 2 story parking garage.

"I've never seen anything like this, and to see that the city gets behind it and gets behind the veterans there's nothing but good that can come from that," said Braxton Bridgers, Adjutant for the American Legion.

The mayor is hoping after the structure is complete, they will have an annual event at the park which will bring more visitors and more money into the town.

"If you get a lot of people here for the hotel lodging, that's going to help our tax bases as far as sales on taxes, and it's just going to give people an opportunity to be here in Phenix City to spend some time. Hopefully a weekend here that we can generate an income from," said Mayor Lowe.

The American Legion has already given $300,000 for the project and the sale of their current property, which they traded with the city, is projected to bring around $1.2 million. Phenix City also has several other properties they can sell to generate the other $.15 million for the park. But to raise the $3.5 million for the new facility, the mayor is asking for the help of residents and businesses making one promise to the city.

"Phenix City will be one of the best places for people to come and visit," said Mayor Lowe.

Phenix City is projecting to make around $175,000 in property taxes each year, and if they hold that annual event, they expect to bring in an additional $315,000 each year.

Mayor Lowe said the site will increase the value of property around it, and attract new retail development and restaurants to the area.

 

Naomi Keitt

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