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Camellia Commons Announced
4/30/2008  $150 Million Development Breaks Ground

     After almost 3 years of planning, the  largest project of its kind in Enterprise was revealed to the public at a ground breaking ceremony on April 30th.  The multi-faceted Camellia Commons development was announced by New Enterprises, LLC to a crowd of more than 200 invited guests.

     Situated on 157 acres at 100 Boll Weevil Circle West, Camellia Commons will house 750,000 square feet of retail shopping space and will be home to several upscale family-oriented restaurants.  While no retailers have been announced, there are plans for a large anchor, “big box” retailers, specialty shops, and a multi-plex cinema.

     The $150 million dollar development will offer a proposed hotel complex, an apartment/townhouse complex, retirement community, and upscale traditional housing  A professional park will be home to financial institutions and other offices.  Retail investment is expected to exceed $500 million dollars.

     To provide the needed infrastructure, the Alabama Department of Transportation announced a $6 million addition to the Circle, making it 4-lane from highway 27 south to highway 167 south.  Construction on the road project will begin immediately.

     Mayor Kenneth Boswell is excited about the new development and the impact it will have on Enterprise. “This development will be the biggest Enterprise has seen in a while, and the impact on our community will be unprecedented.”

     Developer Ben Viloski of New Enterprises, LLC was impressed by the community.  He cited the city’s strong demographics as a “hub of the Western Wiregrass.”  “Our research tells us there are about 189,000 potential shoppers in this area”.  Viloski was so impressed by Enterprise that he “wanted to get in on the action” and purchased 15 acres of land nearby for personal use.

     Joe McInnes of ALDOT praised the city leaders and developers for their efforts, even using the project as an example of proper planning for other communities.  “It’s needed and will provide economic opportunities that are exciting to all of us.”

     The multi-phase project will take approximately 7 years to complete, but work on the first phase, including securing several restaurants will begin immediately.