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Tuskegee mayor says major shopping development coming

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The legend for the as-of-yet unnamed shopping complex. The legend for the as-of-yet unnamed shopping complex.

Big changes are on the way for Exit 38 in Tuskegee, according to Mayor Johnny Ford. Monday, the mayor outlined plans to redevelop one of the city's most heavily traveled exits with a bold construction plan that calls for new hotels, fast food restaurants, 24-hour service stations and even a stadium.

The mayor says the project, which would be located just off Interstate 85, will cost anywhere from $10 million to $15 million and would be paid for with the help of bonds.

Officials hope the future revenue will be a big boost to the local economy.

"It will not be a burden to the city of Tuskegee," Mayor Ford said. "We are going to develop our 'Tuskegeechase' just like they did Eastchase and TigerTown. That's new tax revenue, new jobs. All of that's within the city limits of Tuskegee."

The mayor cited several specific businesses in the plans including a Holiday Inn Express, A Zaxby's, a Huddle House and a Greyhound bus terminal. Also cited on the legend of the plan's layout was a Bass Pro Shop.

WSFA 12 News reached out to the businesses for statements on the possible inclusion in the plan and only Greyhound has responded at this point.

Lanesha Gipson, a spokeswoman for Greyhound, said in an email, "Mayor Ford indicated that he's interested in including Greyhound in the future development...We're open to having a station or agency there, however, no definite plans have been made at this time."

Construction on the project is set to begin this fall, according to Mayor Ford.

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