• Priceville could pay for road extension with leftovers from $7M rec center

    From The Decatur Daily
    by Evan Belanger
    PRICEVILLE — After approving a $9 million bond issue last week, town officials plan to build and open by next fall a 66,000-square-foot recreation center at North Park.
    They’re also planning to use a portion of the bond proceeds to extend Marco Drive to East Upper River Road in a bid [...]

  • Longtime Priceville police chief to retire

    From The Decatur Daily
    by Evan Belanger
    PRICEVILLE — Longtime Priceville Police Chief Billy Peebles will retire next week after more than 31 years on the force and more than 41 years in law enforcement.
    Peebles, 63, will step down from the town’s top law enforcement job effective Wednesday.
    “There comes a time in a person’s life when it’s [...]

  • Priceville seeking OK to borrow $9 million

    From The Decatur Daily
    by Deangelo McDaniel
    PRICEVILLE — The town of Priceville is seeking authorization from a Morgan County circuit judge to borrow $9 million to construct a 66,000-square-foot recreation center near North Bethel Road and East Upper River Road.
    A hearing on the matter will be held June 9 at 10 a.m. in the Morgan County [...]

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MAPCO planned for Priceville, Bojangles’ possible

From The Decatur Daily
by Evan Belanger

PRICEVILLE — In addition to significant residential growth, commercial development is on the rise in this once-sleepy town that has nearly doubled its population in 14 years.

A new MAPCO Mart convenience store is in the works for the southeast corner of Mountain Valley Road and Point Mallard Parkway, said real estate developer Jeff Parker, who brokered the sale of the property. He predicted work could begin sometime this year.

A heavy-equipment rental company is planned behind the McDonald’s restaurant on Alabama 67 near Interstate 65, said Mayor Melvin Duran.

Other new businesses opening in Priceville in recent months include Encore Rehabilitation, Hay Chihuahua Mexican Restaurant, One Charming Chic fashion boutique and Wynn Hydraulics, which moved from Decatur.

“As mayor, I’d like to have more because that’s what keeps the town going in terms of tax revenue,” Duran said. “But I would say it’s probably the most we’ve had in a four-month period since we’ve been here.”

At Wynn Hydraulics on Shoal Creek Road, owner Brian Wynn said he moved his shop from Lenwood Road Southeast in Decatur in order to expand the business. He purchased an existing office building and built a shop for the heavy-equipment repair company. Wynn already had moved his residence to Priceville from Decatur a decade earlier.

Since opening the shop in Priceville a month ago, the business has seen an increase in customers, he said.

“We were trying to add on, and it was honestly going to be too expensive to build in Decatur at my existing location, so I bought out here closer to where I live, and it’s just easier,” he said.

The increased commercial activity comes during a period of significant residential growth for the town. From 2000 to 2014, Priceville’s population grew 83 percent, from 1,674 to 3,063, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.

Since 2011, the town has issued 328 building permits for new home construction, not including permits for additions or remodeling, according to Duran.

In January, Decatur-based Davidson Homes announced a planned community near the new Priceville High School. It could bring as many as 200 homes to the market when completed.

Additionally, Parker said he has sold all 24 lots of his Arrowpointe Subdivision in Priceville, and he is planning a second phase with an additional 24 lots.

“It’s pretty much on fire right now,” Wynn said. “Property has skyrocketed, which is good for everyone I suppose.”

Just across the Priceville line in Decatur, a Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits is a distant possibility for the site of the former 67 Trailer Washout, which was recently demolished, on Point Mallard Parkway.

Property owner Justin Haddock said he bought the property as an investment and could one day build a Bojangles’ there, but he has no immediate plans to do so and does not expect to do anything with the property this year.

Haddock owns a Bojangles’ 4 miles away on Sixth Avenue in Decatur.