More food attractions coming to Orange Beach

By: Crystal Cole/ Islander Editor
Posted 6/15/18

The City Council of Orange Beach voted to allow a change to the Beach Village planned unit development (PUD) which would bring in a food court on the beach road. 

The PUD modification would …

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The City Council of Orange Beach voted to allow a change to the Beach Village planned unit development (PUD) which would bring in a food court on the beach road. 

The PUD modification would rezone .51 acres west of the Village of Tannin from general business to planned unit development, City Planner Griffin Powell told the Council.

“(They want to) construct a food court development on the southwest corner of this development,” Powell said. “Planning commission considered this at the May 18 meeting and gave it a positive recommendation.”

Six storage containers will sit on the property with a wide array of different food available at each. Powell said the whole court will only be serviced by one vendor and each container will have a different theme, like Mexican, barbeque or donuts. The dining space, planned at 1,800 square feet, will be split between two areas. 

“One located in the middle where all the containers are and that’s about 1,500 square feet,” Powell said. “There will be an observation deck by the restroom facility of about 300 square feet for dining as well.”

Canal Road transfer

During the work session, Council and staff began work on a resolution authorizing Mayor Tony Kennon to execute an agreement with the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) for the transfer of Canal Road from Highway 161 to Perdido Gate Subdivision. ALDOT has agreed to transfer Canal Road, east of SR161, to the City of Orange Beach in exchange for $625,000. The amount is based on the cost to resurface the entire length of roadway.

Engineering and Environmental Services Director Kit Alexander said after the transfer the city will find a contractor to put in a turn lane on that segment of road. She said the widening would be funded with RESTORE Act money and would cost an estimated $1.8 million.

“Tim Tucker raised concerns about the elevation change because it’s been resurfaced so many times and the effects it’s had on the sidewalks,” Alexander said. “It includes milling the asphalt to get that elevation down so we don’t continue to have the problem with the grade change.”

Approved during the meeting were:

-A special event liquor license for Gilbey’s for an Independence Day event at the Wharf.

-A resolution appointing members to the Solid Waste Disposal Authority. The current contract for residential solid waste and recyclables expires Dec. 31 and will need to be rebid by the Solid Waste Disposal Authority. 

-A resolution authorizing the execution of a task order with Thompson Consulting Services, LLC, to provide professional services to update the city's disaster debris management plan.

-A resolution authorizing the mayor to execute a cooperative service agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to implement a coyote management plan.

- A resolution approving settlement by and between Cottages at Romar, LLP, and the City of Orange Beach, and authorizing the mayor to undertake all actions necessary to effectuate said settlement.