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Mobile Civic Center proposal includes space for Mardi Gras

(IMG: WPMI) Mobile Civic Center proposal includes space for Mardi Gras
(IMG: WPMI) Mobile Civic Center proposal includes space for Mardi Gras

The lead developer on one of two finalist proposals to redevelop Mobile's Civic Center property says its plan does not involve moving Mardi Gras events from the site even during construction.

The City of Mobile previously said Mardi Gras balls could be forced to move to another location during redevelopment or even permanently once the final design is chosen.

NBC 15 News spoke to a representative behind the Port City Town Center proposal, who said their design absolutely includes space for Mardi Gras events.

Around 10 companies, some local, some in Birmingham and some national, are involved in the Port City Town Center design.

That proposal includes adding shops, apartments, a grocery store, an outdoor amphitheater and a 118-room hotel.

The largest structure on the project would be a multi-use event center with seating for up to 7,800 people. The current Civic Center can hold just over 10,000 people.

The developers say the event center could be used for a range of events including concerts, basketball games, and of course, all Mardi Gras events currently held at the Civic Center.

The Port City Town Center proposal is one of two designs being considered by the seven-member Civic Center Redevelopment Committee which will recommend the City move forward with one of those options. The Mobile City Council has the final say.

Renderings of the designs are still secret at this point.

NBC 15 has reached out to the lead developer of the other finalist, The Cordish Companies, about their proposal but we have not received a response.

Mayor Sandy Stimpson and other city leaders recently toured a retail and entertainment district developed by Cordish in Louisville, Ky. called 4th Street Live!

The developers of Port City Town Center say they have not been offered an opportunity to show city leaders some of their previous projects, but would welcome the opportunity before a final design is chosen.

Mayor Sandy Stimpson told NBC 15 News today he will visit a Stirling property but that visit has not yet been scheduled.

This story will be updated.