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Hartselle board approves credit union site plan

By Deangelo McDaniel 340-2469

HARTSELLE — Redstone Federal Credit Union will begin constructing its Hartselle location in May or June and have the facility open by Christmas.

"We look forward to coming to Hartselle and doing business with you," company spokesman Jeff Cooper said Tuesday.

His comments came after a unanimous Planning Commission approved the credit union's site plan.

Engineers have to make minor landscape revisions to the site plans, but it won't slow the project from starting, City Planner Jeremy Griffith said.

"As soon as we finish where we are at, I'm sending the construction crew to Hartselle," Cooper said.

In a second motion Tuesday, the commission approved Bob Francis' certificate to subdivide property on Alabama 36 near Interstate 65.

Francis, who is chairman of the Hartselle Development Board, is selling Redstone 3.26 acres

The credit union is constructing next to Hartselle Heritage Funeral Home.

Although credit unions do not collect sales taxes, Mayor Dwight Tankersley said the development is good for Hartselle, and should increase traffic in an area the city is promoting for commercial development.

Commission member Doug Moss questioned whether Redstone knew about the city's plan to five-lane Alabama 36 in front of the property.

Griffith and Jeff Johnson of the Department of Development said Francis gave the city right of way for the road expansion before selling the property.

"Redstone is aware of the city's plan to widen the road and they are adding enough parking spaces to comply with city code," Griffith said.

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