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PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -
Mayor Eddie Lowe of Phenix City held a meeting on November 21, 2013 to reveal his new plan to revitalize Phenix City, Alabama and Columbus, Georgia. Mayor Lowe explained that the new plan can also benefit many surrounding areas as well.
The American Legion will be moving from its current location on Broad Street and 13th Street to a new location where the old Cobb Hospital Site used to be. The American Legion's building is currently 13,500 square feet, and moving to a new site will give it more space.
"Some parts of Phenix City has to grow," Mayor Lowe said. "I'm asking to help us to help us. I may be the mayor now, but when I am out of the office to retire, this will also be my city. I want to help revitalize Phenix City, so it can benefit everyone."
The new American Legion building will also have a "homage park." This new military park will hold monuments to honor the five branches of our nation's military: U.S. Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.
"The American Legion donated $300,000 to this project," added Braxton Bridgers, state adjutant from the American Legion Department of Alabama. "This is a unique project. I know the new building and the park will help bring in thousands of people."
Mayor Eddie Lowe announced Thursday morning that the Phenix City and the American Legion entered a public, private partnership for the project. Mayor Lowe expects to see thousands of veterans and their families to visit Phenix City once this park is established. He hopes to make an annual event out of the homage park as well.
"Downtown redevelopment is also in my agenda," Mayor Lowe explained. "I want to start filling the sections from 13th Street bridge to the Crawford Road Corridor with bright lights, different restaurants, different stores that people want to see and walk into. They can walk that street of 1.9 miles without realizing they are walking that far because there is so much to see."
Mayor Lowe said he hopes to finish this project in 18 months.