Cherish the Green Space – A Practical Solution to Urban Redevelopment
By: Nicole Jones, Economic and Commercial Real Estate Developer
Article featured in various local Alabama publications
What do downtown areas need? Simply stated - aesthetics and functionality. To retain interests of residents as well as tourists, visual appeal is indeed necessary. Think about it – if you are walking in a downtown area, where would you like your photograph taken? Amidst lush greenery in a park or next to a pile of gravel? Ponder the concept further - is green space all an urban core needs? Certainly not. Commerce, obviously, is required in day-to-day life. Hence our challenge …
Some of the most exigent dilemmas developers, public officials, and community members face when organizing a downtown area to attract successful enterprises as well as eliminate structures that discourage occupancy. Green spaces help satisfy both elements.
Attractive green areas or plaza areas promote a positive environment both physically and emotionally and entice visitors to gather for events, photography sessions, meetings, and simple midday strolls. Economic development translation: people who spend the day in the park will more than likely spend money at restaurants, shops, and other venues downtown, and the park thus serves as a catalyst that retains people in the downtown core.
Regarding green space, one of our greatest assets in downtown Huntsville is Big Spring Park. Take a stroll and notice the attractive landscaping, crystal clear water, abundance of ducks and colorful fish, historical markers, and friends and families enjoying life. Big Spring Park is a textbook example of a green space that unifies a community and draws people to the heart of our city. Green space, our park, is part of our quality of life.
Thank you to Terri L. French, author of Huntsville Textile Mills and Villages, for presenting to the Huntsville-Madison County Historical Society. It was standing-room only. Textile mills and villages played a large role in Huntsville's economic history. #al200 #Our67
Article from Alabama Political Reporter:
“The state of Alabama made economic history today,” Economic developer Nicole Jones said. “Bocar’s selection of Alabama as their first site in the United States demonstrates confidence in our workforce, quality of life, and business climate. The auto-supplier’s future 350,000 square foot plant as well as the creation of over 300 jobs reaffirms our state’s competitiveness in the global marketplace. The sought-after advanced manufacturing jobs will provide wages Alabamians can live on with a worldwide company that invests in its workforce.”
Nicole Jones added, “Today we were honored to hear BOCAR’s story of commitment to family, excellence, human capital, and future generations. We thank BOCAR Group for their investment in Huntsville, Limestone County, and the entire state of Alabama, a presence that highlights the company’s important role in our state’s positioning as a national and global leader in the automotive industry.”
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