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This is an artist's rendering of Lighthouse Landing, a $10 million to $14 million development, which will be built at Brickyard Landing Marina on Island Way, north of Alabama 20.
Courtesy illustrations from Williams Blackstock Architects
This is an artist's rendering of Lighthouse Landing, a $10 million to $14 million development, which will be built at Brickyard Landing Marina on Island Way, north of Alabama 20.

Lighthouse Landing in Decatur
Condos on the river
More than $10 million development in Decatur to offer upscale homes

By Evan Belanger
evanb@decaturdaily.com 340-2442

A Hartselle developer is busy this week preparing to sell 44 upscale condominiums to be built in Decatur on the Tennessee River.

John Mitchell said he plans to start construction in February on Lighthouse Landing, a $10 million to $14 million development to be built at Brickyard Landing Marina on Island Way, north of Alabama 20.

Planned amenities at the Lighthouse Landing include a limited number of one- and two-vehicle garages for condo owners, heavy landscaping and river access.
Courtesy illustration from Williams Blackstock Architects
Planned amenities at the Lighthouse Landing include a limited number of one- and two-vehicle garages for condo owners, heavy landscaping and river access.

He expects to start construction in February and to complete the job in summer 2009. But Mitchell said he will begin pre-selling the condos this weekend.

A sales team will be at the Brickyard at 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday with floor plans, drawings and contracts to kick off the sales campaign. Mitchell said they will stay on site until dark both days.

"We're going to have a tent set up, balloons and everything," he said.

The sales event will be in conjunction with the Decatur Jaycees' Riverfest at the adjacent Ingalls Harbor. Mitchell said the harbor, which wraps around the development, is a major selling point for Lighthouse Landing.

City officials will eventually invest $10 million in the harbor, which has become a coveted location for bass tournaments and other river events.

Cost

Prices for the condos start at $256,900 for the base models and go up to more than $500,000 for a penthouse suite.

Those who buy this weekend will receive a $5,000 discount, Mitchell said.

Planned amenities include a limited number of one- and two-vehicle garages for condo owners, heavy landscaping and river access.

Mitchell said he also plans to convert the marina's office into a restaurant and pub.

Other amenities will include a swimming pool and a two-mile view of the river.

Mitchell, who is still negotiating the purchase of the 5-acre marina site, said he plans
to keep the marina and
the restaurant open to the public.

"We already have about 25 people who are very interested," Mitchell said.

Other plans include restoring the Brickyard's last remaining, 1920s-era brick kiln from when the property was used to manufacture clay bricks.

Mitchell said he will record the kiln with the National Register of Historic Places and keep it open to the public as well.

Construction

Mitchell, who is the only developer on the project, said negotiations for bank loans and contracting a construction team are ongoing.

Williams Blackstock Architects of Birmingham designed the four-story structure.

Mitchell, who plans to move into one of the condos, said Tuesday that he does not know if Lighthouse Landing will be his last project, but it is definitely his largest to date.

He has been working in the Decatur area since the 1970s, when he built one of the first homes in the Point Mallard area.

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