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March 11, 2013

Council to consider Sweetwater deal

DECATUR — Mayor Don Kyle presented a resolution to the City Council during a 90-minute work session Monday evening to allow negotiations to continue between the city and Genesis USA.

The proposed Sweetwater deal focuses on the development of 25 acres of land within a 125-acre tract at the juncture of Ala. 20 and I-65 in a Decatur-annexed portion of Limestone County.

The resolution shows the deal would require Nashville-based Genesis to develop five anchor stores, including a $28 million destination retail store of at least 100,000 square feet, a 250-room hotel and three restaurants expected to generate $1.9 million each in annual sales and $73,500 a year in municipal sales tax revenue.

The retail and commercial development would occupy land used by Mitchell-Frazier Farms, which is owned by Sam Frazier of Birmingham.

During a Feb. 25 special called meeting, the council authorized Kyle to negotiate with then-unidentified Genesis to discuss developing a potential $1.3 billion, 1.3-million-square foot project that could create up to 4,000 jobs.


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