Council votes to apply for grocery store grant
by By JENNIFER COHRON, Daily Mountain Eagle
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AT&T crews work in Cordova Tuesday afternoon as a part of the ongoing rebuilding effort in the south Walker County city. - Photo by: James Phillips
AT&T crews work in Cordova Tuesday afternoon as a part of the ongoing rebuilding effort in the south Walker County city. - Photo by: James Phillips
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CORDOVA — The Cordova City Council voted Monday night to seek nearly $1.5 million for site preparation and construction of a grocery store.

The resolution approved by the council gave Mayor Jack Scott the authority to submit an application to the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs for $1,487,310.77. The council also committed the city to a local match of $165,257 for the project.

The total cost of the project is more than $1.6 million.

The resolution specifies that Bozeman Grocery, Inc., doing business as Piggly Wiggly, is the grocer anticipated to go into the new building.

Peggy Matthews of Community Consultants, LLC, clarified in a public hearing held prior to the council meeting that the local economic development authority, the Cordova Industrial Development Board, will own the building.

In response to an audience member’s question about whether cities are allowed to lease buildings for business purposes, Matthews called the proposed project “an unusual circumstance.”

Matthews said that ADECA usually does not make funds available for such construction. However, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded Alabama more than $24 million to be administered by ADECA to support tornado recovery efforts, including economic revitalization.

“This is something new for them (ADECA) too. They had to get directions from HUD as to how all this would be handled, and it was HUD who told ADECA that it should go through some type of authority rather than the city,” Matthews said.

In other action, council member Warren Branch asked the Daily Mountain Eagle to clarify that his vote at the last meeting against hiring Marcum Architects and Calvin Cassady Company for the grocery store project was not a reflection of his support for the project as a whole.