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Constellation - A Journey
The redevelopment of the former Heart of Huntsville Mall at Clinton Avenue and Memorial Parkway into Constellation has taken a very long time, for sure. I know that many passersby have wondered what on earth is going on with the site and if anything will ever come of it. Maybe the developer just went away after coordinating the SpringHill Suites. There is a story to tell.
Public Sector Leads Way in Economic Development
Public education is clearly the most important economic development activity in a community. Without good public schools, jobs and opportunity do not manifest and people vote with their feet, seeking environments where both children and adults can prosper.Huntsville City Schools is in the process of a $200 - million construction program involving eight (8) new and two (2) renovated schools. 
How You Can Influence Retail Site Decisions
As explained earlier, retailers make their decision about where to locate stores based on demographics and statistics, and very much on the same–store sales of retailers already in place. These same–store sales show the current sales in comparison to the sales from the previous year. If sales are going up then retailers are interested..
How Government Influences Retail Site Decisions
The second article discussed how government can be involved in the process, to not only help retailers understand the market and its characteristics, but also to help fund some of the infrastructure and other required expenses. Yes, retail development is private enterprise, but government can help make the site or environment ripe for that private investment
How Retailers Make Site Decisions
D. Scott McLain, CCIM, is a commercial real estate broker, developer, and manager headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama, as owner of Coldwell Banker Commercial McLain Real Estate and Managing Member of McLain Development, LLC.