MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The City of Montgomery has begun a revitalization of the area around the intersection of the Atlanta Highway and Perry Hill Road.
The city has begun demolitions on the old Flip's Uptown Grill restaurant, which has been closed since January 2014 due to an arson a few months prior. The demolition will be part of a road project for the area in partnership with Faulkner University, which is just under two miles up the road.
According to District 1 City Councilman Richard Bollinger, the project has been in the works for awhile.
"This is a three to five-year plan right here," Bollinger said. "The plans are actually already done. So as it's worked into the budget, we'll see this widening and realignment come in here. [It] should make for a safer intersection."
In addition to the removal of the old restaurant, a new park is also in the works nearby. It will be constructed where the old Screws Armory was located on the Atlanta Highway.
"[The park] will be a nice addition for Bellehurst and some surrounding people to come in and use those walking areas," Bollinger said.
He also said that Faulkner will be getting a face-lift, as the university started on some upgrades of its own.
"Faulkner is redoing their whole entrance-way facade to give their presence something that will look really outstanding, so we're really lucky to have them as a partner," he said.
According to what the university has told Bollinger, he estimates that the new entrance will be finished "probably in the next two months."
These projects will be coming on the heels of additions to the area such as a new gas station, car wash and shopping strip.