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SRA talks Opportunity Zones, Design Alabama

The Selma Redevelopment Authority (SRA) held a board of directors meeting Thursday evening.
The SRA’s work with Opportunity Zones was the first topic on the agenda.
According to SRA Chairman Juanda Maxwell, the SRA’s Opportunity Zones Committee, consisting of SRA board members Billy Young, Johnny Moss, Jr. and Clint Wilkerson, have done an extensive job taking inventory of potential properties to present to investors.
Wilkerson suggested the group work to select a premier property on Water Avenue to present first and, from there, go “one at a time”.
Maxwell commended the Opportunity Zones committee on their efforts.
“You have all done a wonderful job with this and I want to commend you on your hard work,” she said.
After the discussion of Opportunity Zones, the SRA’s attention turned to Design Alabama.
The SRA and Design Alabama hosted a community forum at the end of August in which members of the community were invited to give their suggestions to Design Alabama’s team of architects, engineers and designers and discuss how downtown Selma could thrive.
According to Maxwell, since their visit to Selma, Design Alabama has been working to compile the feedback from Selma citizens into a plan for the renovation of Downtown Selma.
“I had a discussion with Gina [Clifford, Design Alabama Executive Director] and she says they’re nearing 100 percent completion,” said Maxwell.
The SRA chose Jan. 30, 2020 as the date for Design Alabama to deliver their presentation to the Mayor, Selma City Council and the community.
“I’m really excited to see the results,” said Maxwell.