“I’m real pleased we were able to close on the property,” Funderburg said Thursday.
The city purchased about 35 acres, including the 28-acre former Avondale Mills plant site between U.S. 78 and Comer Avenue.
“It’s in the heart of the city,” Funderburg said. “It’s been such a part of this city.”
Last month, the council approved a resolution authorizing the city to purchase all property owned by Pell City-Tifton Properties, LLC, within the city limits, for $1 million.
The agreement also settled litigation between the city and the Chattanooga-based company.
Pell City-Tifton Properties LLC, a subsidiary of Thunder Enterprises of Chattanooga, filed a lawsuit against the city after the council rejected the company’s request to rezone the property from manufacturing to commercial and residential, so the company could build town houses and commercial businesses on the 28-acre plot in the heart of Pell City.
City officials said they not only secured the former Avondale Mills property but ended a lawsuit, which could have been costly for the city.
Funderburg said there are no solid plans for the Avondale Mills property.
City officials have talked about making the former Avondale Mills plant site some sort of park or green space for “curb appeal.”
“I think it’s safe to say we’ll clean it up, make it more presentable,” Funderburg said.
He said one building on the site could possibly be turned into a museum.
“I think it would be a great gesture to open an Avondale museum on the property,” he said. “I personally would like to see us do something with the water tank.”
He said the water tank could signify Avondale Mills and Pell City.
Funderburg said the city could possibly tap into grant money to enhance or improve the former Avondale Mills plant site.