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Cummings Research Park, a research park in Huntsville, is undergoing a fresh phase

Cummings Research Park, a research park in Huntsville, is undergoing a fresh phase

Huntsville unveiled plans for the park's first-of-its-kind development on the site of a former high school.

In the spring, a mixed-use development will break ground, the first project in the park's east sector, and will include offices and retail spaces as well as 251 apartment units.

Arcadia, a building built at the corner of Bradford Drive and Wynn Drive, will be called Arcadia.

From the under-construction Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering, the development will take place across Bradford Drive.

As part of their 2016 master plan, park officials have planned for years for a commercial development at the site.

For Huntsville's Cummings Research Park, the Rendering of Arcadia is being planned for January 14, 2022.

Cummings Research Park executive director Erin Koshut said in the announcement that Arcadia has been conceived with purposefully intent.

Additional to the apartment units, the development will include 12,000 square feet of office space and 7,000 square feet of retail space.

This development is the result of a comprehensive, strategic planning initiative to ensure that Huntsville's CRP is able to meet the evolving needs and demands of the business and research market, said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle. We look forward to welcoming Arcadia to CRP.

In recent years, the eastern part of the park has been a target for city and park officials. The under-construction Orion Amphitheater, along with the state technology and engineering charter school are also on the lookout for additional expansions into the former Executive Plaza campus at Sparkman Drive and University Drive.

The Bobo Development Group and Retail Specialists are considering establishing the project.

With the current and projected growth in the Huntsville market, the timing is ideal to introduce the newest initiative in the community, said James Bobo, chairman of Bobo Development Group.

Arcadia's retail division is preparing and recruiting for retail customers.

We are thrilled to begin collaborating on such a significant development in Huntsville, said Robert Jolly, the chief executive officer of Retail Specialists. Our team is looking forward to bringing new restaurant and retail options to the growing area.

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