Civic Center Progressing

Construction of the Montgomery Convention Center and Hotel is moving along right on schedule.   The Marriott - Renaissance property will house 347 rooms, a massive ballroom, exhibit space and 20 meeting rooms .... And that translates to a lot of people .... People who will probably spend money in the surrounding area.

Jeff Andrews is the manager of the Kwik Kopy Shop.  He says, "A lot of the meetings that will take place here are going to bring in associations from all over the country. And in a lot of cases it's easier for them to order printing or shipping locally rather than where they come from."

And it will benefit other local businesses.

Beth Birtley is the manager of the Hank Williams Museum.   She says  "It will be a great asset to the business, to have the civic center back open, the convention center. We have people from all over the world to come for conventions and seminars or whatever and when they have a break, they step out that front door see the hank williams museum and they'll come and visit us."

That has local shopkeepers singing a tune of prosperity.

Andrews adds,  "Most downtown merchants consider this the catalyst that's going to make downtown montgomery what it needs to be."

Many people say they miss the civic center.

Beth Birtley adds,  "We didn't realize the business that it did bring us before ... Until they shut down like a year and a half ago."

But most just want to see her back ...  bigger and better than ever.

Andrews says, "We're excited about it, we're looking forward to the opening."

And that will bring a new chapter to Montgomery's skyline.

Reporter:  Ashley Anderson