Give it some time and 38 acres surrounding the Birmingham Crossplex could look quite different than it does now.
City leaders entered into an agreement Tuesday with Atlanta-based Russell New Urban Development company.
Here's the plan: The developer proposes putting retail, entertainment and other commercial centers on the property. It is also considering a hotel and a medical center in the area. Council gave the company six months to create a master plan before it makes a final decision.
"Give them time to check out the property and see whether this is something they actually think they can accomplish," Councilor Valerie Abbott.
Under the agreement--the city would give $2.5 million in infrastructure support, and it will provide up to $100,000 in pre-development costs for the project.