After much debate and publicity about two other larger commercial developments closer to Interstate 65, both of which fell flat during the past six months, Calvary Assembly on Wednesday became the first group to actually buy land on the potentially lucrative 2. 5-mile corridor between Decatur and I-65.
Sometime between six months from now, when Pastor George Sawyer hopes to break ground and mid-2006, when he hopes to preach his first sermon in it, the church is going to need an interchange to get hundreds of parishioners and visitors conveyancing lawyers brisbane safely on and off the 182-acre site. The other two failed development efforts got existing business concerned about their access to the interstate and local government officials got busy trying to win federal funds to extend the I-565 interstate spur into Decatur.
The Decatur Planning Commission passed a resolution endorsing the idea that Alabama 20 should be a limited access highway, and a consulting firm drew a plan that put two diamond shaped interchanges on the highway, including one on church property. But the church property is in Limestone County where Decatur has no jurisdiction. State highway officials havent taken a stand against multiple curb cuts. Church officials said a large interchange would cost them valuable frontage that could be devoted to restaurants and stores. But Calvary Assembly Operations Manager Jay Davis said the church site plan is designed to accommodate interstate service roads, and the church is exploring its own ideas for an interchange that would take up less church property.
In order to help develop the property commercially, we have a developer doing some research on the different types of interchanges that will allow us to grow and bring traffic in at a less expensive cost than a big diamond that was going to take most of our property. Whats going to be on our side as opposed to the other side doesnt need to be as big as the major interchange was going to be, Davis said.