MILLBROOK, AL (WSFA) - The new Springhill Suites is four months away from being completed and if it all goes well, this will only be the beginning of something new for Millbrook.
"We're completely redoing this whole intersection," said Millbrook Mayor Al Kelley.
The transformation started when Prattville de-annexed the land and gave it to Millbrook. The reason is Prattville was not able to provide sewage to the property owner at the time. And so here we are; a new hotel, a roundabout and the possibility of another hotel just around the corner.
"Another hotel has made a down payment with the property on the lot and signed the contract. They're not doing their due diligence," said Kelley.
Ann Harper, the executive director for the Millbrook Chamber of Commerce, said the old adage,"'If you build it, they will come..' Still rings true."
"You're a step ahead of the game. If you have something there, you can see what it looks like," said Harper.
As part of the deal, the city of Millbrook agreed to close one road and extend Cobbs Ford Service Road.
Cobbs Ford Service Road will be extended through the brush and then sweep to the left leading to the hotels. For this to happen, the plan is to permanently close the Interstate 65 Service Road. The cost to Millbrook? $1.1 million and the mayor said every penny will be paid back.
"What we've done is set up a co-operative tax district. Everything that builds or comes to this area, they will have a one penny more tax. That penny will pay off the debt on that $1.1 million we'll have," Kelley said.
A forgotten part of Millbrook is forgotten no more.
Kelley estimates the revenue from that one extra penny just from the new hotel going up will generate about $30,000 a year for the city which will help reduce that line of credit.
The Springhill Suites will be a 94-room hotel and employ around 35 people.