Dothan City Commission Approves Funding for Downtown Redevelopment Authority

Dothan, AL (WSFA) --  Chairman of the Dothan Downtown Redevelopment Authority Jimmy Grant is looking forward to the next few months.

"The faith that their showing in us, we've been working for 15 months," said Grant.

He's excited because the city commission voted in favor of appropriating another $400,000 for the redevelopment of downtown Dothan.

Grant says this money will allow the DDRA to move forward on plans for storefronts on North Foster street.

"I hope very soon that will put these out for bids and then we'll start the renovations of the facades on North Foster," said Grant.

Plans show the renovated storefronts being able to accommodate retail, restaurants, commercial office space, even residential living in some of the buildings.

Currently the three buildings are gutted and vacant, but Grant says that two of them already have interested investors.

"We hope that'll bring some profit for us and show the city commission their faith in us, we're returning it, we're giving them some profit," said Grant.

The next step for the DDRA will be it's continuing work on the rest of N. Foster street.

As well, future plans that involve property along W. Main street.

Reporter: Daniel Curtis