Jun 23 2004

SHELBY ANNOUNCES $32 MILLION AUTHORIZATION FOR TUSCALOOSA CORPS OFFICE RELOCATION

WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-AL) today announced that the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works has approved the Water Resources Development Act of 2004. Included in this legislation is a $32 million authorization for the relocation of the Tuscaloosa Area Office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The relocation of this facility will allow the City of Tuscaloosa to move forward with its ongoing development of a riverwalk. The Corps of Engineers currently occupies waterfront property vital to the City’s riverwalk project that includes public parks and recreation areas, and adds to the larger downtown revitalization plan. Additionally, relocation of the current facility will allow the Corps to consolidate offices, improve security, separate Government Owned Contractor Operated facilities from Government offices, and upgrade maintenance facilities.

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased that the Committee saw the merits of this important project for the Corps of Engineers and downtown Tuscaloosa. This authorization will compliment the City’s efforts to revitalize downtown and ensure long-term, economic growth in the area. I share the belief of City leaders, residents, and business-owners that the completion of these important development projects is the key to a brighter future for Tuscaloosa.”

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