ATHENS, Ala. (WAFF) – Driving by means of Athens, practically each avenue you transform down has a new enhancement.

“Our newest reviews display that we have a minor about 5,000 models accredited that are in the method,” claimed Mayor of Athens Ronnie Marks.

So several that Mayor Marks claims it can be hard to preserve up with… Just previous thirty day period, the metropolis annexed all-around 300 acres into the town. Marks tells WAFF he is hoping to annex an additional 100 acres.

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Archivist at Limestone County Archives Rebekah Davis grew up in Athens.

“When I was a teenager in Athens, we felt like the only matter to do in Athens was go to Huntsville.”

But now, the techniques out about her hometown.

“Especially in the past five decades or so, how a lot this city has developed just at times bigger than we can even tackle. With infrastructure, website traffic, and housing, we are just making an attempt to hold up, but it has also brought a ton of constructive factors too.”

Mayor Marks suggests the metropolis has grown by in excess of 12,000 folks in the last 12 many years. With a present population of close to 30,000 and counting.

“In the up coming a few to five years, somewhere around in between 35,000 and 40,000 in inhabitants.”

Increasing in a wise way that will take public enter.

“It is a wonderful equilibrium. That is why you have to communicate with the folks and say we are going forward, go with us. Let us try to hold our good quality of daily life, our parks, eco-friendly spaces, as nicely as present providers for our citizens.”

Now, Davis does not have to push to Huntsville.

“There is so considerably vibrancy of artwork and amusement community, and items households can do. You never have to go to Huntsville to have a excellent time anymore.”

1 of the main developments Mayor Marks talked about is the 32-acre Pryor Park.

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That improvement is expected to contain an amphitheater, splash pad, and combined-use structures for residents. Marks says he hopes to crack ground on Section 1 to get started sewer perform in Oct.

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