Mayor, city manager authorized to negotiate Riverwalk route acquisition

Phenix City Mayor Jeff Hardin and City Manager Bubba Roberts have been authorized to sign an agreement with Uptown Columbus Inc. and the Chattahoochee Valley Land Trust Inc. to acquire land and easements for use as part of the Phenix City Riverwalk.

City Finance Director Steve Smith said, "Part of it is an easement and part of it is the purchase of property for the riverwalk extension."

The Phenix City Riverwalk currently extends from the Phenix City Amphitheater near the Dillingham Street Bridge to the western end of the 14th Street Bridge. The city ultimately plans for it to connect with the Nature Trail at Idle Hour Park near Airport Road.

The current acquisitions are for a three-mile extension to near 30th Street. The project is being funded by a $1.55 million Federal Transportation Enhancement Program grant through the Alabama Department of Transportation and city funds from a bond issue. The total cost of the project is expected to be approximately $1.6 million.

The extension will run along the river between the Chattahoochee River's west bank and Riverview Courts Apartments before veering northwest.

A portion of the route is on land near the City Mills dam owned by Uptown Columbus and the land trust, thus the necessity for the agreement.