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Avondale's Big Development Idea Changes Course Again

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Things continue to get more and more fun on the latest episode of Mixed-Use Madness! Two weeks ago, former Avondale Estates mayor Ed Rieker went public with a bid to place soccer fields on the site of a future mixed-use project. Now, according to Decaturish, Reiker has pulled back his proposal for the Fenner Dunlop spot. Why? Apparently, it has to do with the project plan that was in place well before his brilliant scheme.

The site has been sitting dormant since 2009, when a conveyor belt plant closed. The City of Avondale annexed the property in 2010 and, most recently, Euramex Management, which has been developing copy/paste luxury apartments outside the Perimeter, purchased the site in 2014. The company proposed building 200 apartments and 80 townhomes with 10,000 square feet of retail but has yet to release any renderings or additional physical plans.

When Reiker submitted his proposal, he'd said Euramex was years away from moving forward with redevelopment. Apparently, a lot of progress has been made in the last two weeks. Now, despite little give from the company concerning details of the project, renderings for the project are likely to be presented to the public in February.

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