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Credit union site up for vote

By Deangelo McDaniel 340-2469

HARTSELLE — Hartselle will soon see growth near Alabama 36 and Interstate 65.

But it's not the kind of growth that will generate revenue for city coffers.

The Planning Commission will vote Tuesday on two items that will allow Redstone Federal Credit Union to construct a building and road near Alabama 36.

The company has submitted site plans to build the credit union next to Hartselle Heritage Funeral Home.

The second item involves Bob Francis' certificate to subdivide the property. Francis, who is chairman of the Hartselle Development Board, is selling the credit union 3.26 acres.

Although credit unions do not collect sales taxes, Mayor Dwight Tankersley said the project is good for Hartselle.

"The project will increase traffic in the area, which in turns allows us to entice retailers that do collect sales taxes," the mayor said.

Tankersley said it's also good for Redstone Federal Credit Union users in Hartselle to have a branch closer to them.

City Planner Jeremy Griffith said the site plans show a road east of the development that Redstone will construct to city standards and dedicate to Hartselle.

"I don't know when they are going to start building because they have not purchased a building permit," Griffith said.

The credit union is building in an area that city leaders for at least six years have identified as prime commercial property.

So far, the city has gotten a hotel and funeral home.

Tankersley and three councilmen left Tuesday morning for Washington, D.C., to lobby for additional money to help widen Alabama 36.

The city has a four-phase project with an estimated $15 million cost that includes making Alabama 36 near the proposed Redstone development a four-lane road.

Hartselle received a $1 million grant for the road expansion project in 2005.

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