Author: Dale Liesch

City begins construction on Water Street transformation

The City of Mobile began construction on Monday to transform Water Street from the “backyard of downtown” into the “gateway of Mobile.” This first phase of construction will include new sidewalks and new ADA curb ramps at pedestrian crossings. The purpose of the project is to connect citizens and visitors to the Mobile Riverfront and its amenities including Cooper Riverside Park, the Mobile Convention Center, GulfQuest Maritime Museum and the Mobile Cruise Terminal. “Water Street is often people’s first impression of the City Mobile,” Mayor Sandy Stimpson said. “Ironically, Water Street currently prevents you from accessing the water. Our...

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Maitre Park fields reopen after renovation

Councilman C.J. Small and Mayor Sandy Stimpson reopened the athletic fields at Maitre Park following a series of major projects totaling over $500,000. The projects centered on a massive upgrade to the field lighting and major renovations to the athletic fields. “An investment in our parks is an investment in our community. This is why I am so committed to making sure the Parks in District 3 are the best they can be,” Councilman C.J. Small said. “This new field will be a place where thousands of children will play, learn discipline, sportsmanship and other important lessons for many...

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$16 million affordable housing development opens in Mobile

Glen Arbor, an affordable housing development, officially opened its doors on Friday to seniors and families. The project is a $16.2 million investment in the City of Mobile. 112 newly developed units are now available for lease. The new facility will feature a swimming pool, toddler splash center, fitness center, biz center, laundry area and a basketball court. The cost of rent will start at $380 for one bedroom, $445 for two bedrooms and $502 for three bedrooms. The income limit is $44,100 for a family of four. Utilizing funding from the federally funded HOME Program, the City contributed $1,125,000 to the project. The Alabama Housing Finance Authority provided the rest of the funding. “I want to thank the developer TBG Residential and the Alabama Housing Finance Authority for investing in the City of Mobile,” said Mayor Stimpson. “We share a responsibility and a commitment to ensure our low-to-moderate income families has access to quality, affordable housing. We will continue to build new living spaces and restore old ones, because every citizen deserves a home.” The City is also undergoing a complete restoration of five, blighted shotgun homes on West Prichard Avenue to provide quality affordable housing. The public-private partnership with developer Lyn McDonald will provide five single family units available for rent to low-to-moderate income families. In the same place where a 40-year-old drug den once stood, the...

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Voter fraud concerns bring Secretary of State to Mobile (updated)

Individuals supportive of both mayoral campaigns have concerns over possible fraud during Tuesday’s municipal election, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said in a press conference Thursday morning, prompting him to send a team down to Mobile to monitor the elections next week. “We want to ensure safe and secure elections here in Mobile,” he said. Merrill told reporters that supporters of both the campaign of incumbent Mayor Sandy Stimpson and challenger former Mayor Sam Jones have contacted his office with concerns based upon possible issues with the 2013 election. In all, Merrill said the office has received roughly...

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Stimpson, Jones debate ahead of mayoral election

In what had been a week of sometimes heated rhetoric for the two leading candidates running for mayor of Mobile, incumbent Sandy Stimpson and challenger Sam Jones were forced to say something nice about each other. With smiles on their faces toward the end of WKRG’s live debate Monday evening, the candidates were barely complimentary. Jones said Stimpson had picked a good Mobile Fire-Rescue Department chief in Mark Sealy, and Stimpson thanked Jones for his service in the Navy and as a member of the Mobile County Commission. Aside from that, the two candidates differed on a range of...

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