Landscaping and signage changes will be coming soon to the Baldwin County Megasite, after county commissioners unanimously approved a proposal to make the long sought after changes on Tuesday.
Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance President Lee Lawson said he felt it was finally time to pull the trigger on the landscaping changes after several years of discussion and planning.
“We’ve been down this road several times in the last four years I’ve been here,” Lawson said. “Every time we get close to redesigning, we get an active project looking at coming through.”
Changes include a landscaping redesign that will clear several trees, including the palm trees located at the site’s entrance, and the installation of new signage - a 8-by-16 double-sided sign whose top end will sit about 20 feet in the air.
Lawson said the changes should help the site look more attractive from the road for potential business partners and Baldwin County residents alike, but added that the continued relationship building done by the BCEDA and county leaders was what would really help bring business partners to see the site.
“Every project that is brought us or that we have developed has been because of relationships made with industry leaders and site consultants,” Lawson said. “They don’t come to us because they’re driving down 287 and see the site. It just doesn’t happen that way.”
Lawson said BCEDA has worked with the county and ALDOT to get all of the necessary permits and approvals for the project and hopes to begin the changes soon.
“We think you’ll be happy with the finished product,” Lawson said.
Lawson said that multiple organizations were helping with the funding for the changes, not just the county commission.
Baldwin County Commission Chairman Frank Burt said he was glad to see progress being made at the Megasite and hoped the changes would be finished soon.
“I look forward to that day,” Burt said.