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Buc's Landing: Hoover prepares for new 44 acre retail project on Highway 150

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A major new retail development is coming to Jefferson County.

Crews are clearing trees off Highway 150 in Hoover between interstate 459 and Stadium Trace Parkway.

The city expects the 44 acre project to include retail options that will be a regional draw. It is also set to be home to restaurants, office space, a pharmacy and at least one hotel.

Hoover executive director Allan Rice says the planned grocery store is one not currently in the city.

Residents are watching the trees go down quickly.

“Now that they're gone, it's like whoa! Where'd they go?” said Dan Ellis, who lives around the corner.

Ellis looks forward to what’s to come.

“Not afraid of new development, especially if it was done right and would fit the neighborhood and appeal,” said Ellis. “I'm excited about it.”

Travis Abbott drove up just to look at the site changing.

“This was all woods right up in here,” explained Abbott.

Rice says the land was already zoned for commercial use.

“It's a very important gateway development for Hoover,” said Rice. “We're very excited.”

Rice says this project will be unlike any other in Hoover, with a walkable, village-type layout.

“It's going to be incredibly walkable,” Rice explained. “It will have a very small town, main street feel to the main component and it will also allow the combination of restaurants, retail, possibly some office and lodging in the form of higher end hotels.”

Ellis is most excited for new restaurant options. He hopes the project will not be filled with chains.

“I would like to see unique restaurants, potentially something Birmingham grown,” said Ellis.

And Abbott has his hopes set on a steakhouse.

The developer has not released specific tenants yet, but the project is moving fast. The city says the first tenant wants its site by January.

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