Hartselle has several new commercial developments coming to the city in 2017. Along Highway 31, construction has begun on several projects including Zaxby’s, Hartselle Medical Plaza, and the 31 Centre shopping mall.
“The City of Hartselle is very excited to see new growth in the commercial/retail area,” says Hartselle Mayor Randy Garrison. “We welcome Zaxby’s, Arby’s, 31 Centre and Hartselle Medical Plaza as new members of the Hartselle family. We appreciate the confidence the new developers have in our city and are thankful to them for investing in Hartselle.”
The new developments will help boost Hartselle Utilities’ number of commercial customers. HU has also provided utility service to a new mini-storage facility on the south end of Hwy. 31, and will also be providing utilities for the Alfa Insurance building that will be torn down and reconstructed on the same site.
“We have seen a definite spike in commercial development over the past few months, and we are working hard to provide the desired utilities to each of these new establishments,” says HU Engineering Services Manager Daxton Maze.
Construction at Zaxby’s, located on Hwy 31 next to O’Reilly’s, is well underway and all utility connections have been installed as of April, with the addition of a new hydrant for fire protection.
Hartselle Medical Plaza will be at the corner of Hwy. 31 and Mynatt Street. It will house several medical providers, including a general physician practice, physical rehabilitation, and a pharmacy. Hartselle Utilities has provided underground power, installed a new manhole, and provided eight domestic water meters as part of the utility connection costs for the developer.
Alfa Insurance, located on Hwy. 31 next to the HU Water Tank, will be demolishing their existing structure and building a new office at the same location. HU has assisted in providing temporary water for an on-site agent office where the employees will work during construction.
Across from Eddie Preuitt Ford, 31 Centre is a new three tenant development that will be anchored by Arby’s. Construction began on this project the first week of April.
“We believe this is just the beginning of growth the city will be experiencing in the near future and welcome others who are contemplating expanding to take a look at Hartselle,” says Mayor Garrison. “We look forward to working with Hartselle Utilities on new projects as we all join together to move Hartselle forward.”
Getting a project going
Prior to most commercial projects, developers inquire to HU about availability of utilities to determine their site layout and utility locations. HU will provide field locates for verification for ‘as-built’ developer construction maps. Also, HU provides an estimated cost of connection for each utility per our customer service and rates policies.
HU’s Engineering Staff and Field Crew Superintendent hold a meeting with each developer and general contractor prior to construction to ensure all questions are answered and all details are ironed out. Developments are reviewed at several levels prior to being approved for construction, including the Technical Review Committee that consists of City of Hartselle Development Department, City of Hartselle consulting engineer, Hartselle Fire Department, Hartselle Public Works, and Hartselle Utilities Engineering Department. The plans are inspected for proper utility sizing, adequate fire protection, adequate means of ingress and egress, proper site drainage, appropriate signage, along with other items.
The Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning and Adjustment are also often involved in the approval process of developments.
“As a utility provider, our goal is to assist the developers with the construction process, ensuring we are on time with our pieces of the project, along with providing open communication to make certain the project can stay on schedule,” says Maze.