A new mixed-use development, Big Cove Village, is in the early stages of development at the corner of Cecil Ashburn Drive and Old Big Cove Road. From the beginning, the project has been set to include housing, charming greenery and a walkable village.
Huntsville City Councilman David Little hosted a public workshop last week, in which locals could get a glimpse at what’s to come while offering feedback in return. At this workshop, a new illustrative site plan was revealed, showing what Big Cove Village will have in store.
Parks, retail, housing + more
As of now, five neighborhoods could make up the development, including:
- Drake Commons: retail, brewery/market house, office space, apartments + parking
- Meadow Lake Park: community gardens, meeting house, attached + walk-up residential units + parking
- Garden Crescent: community garden, pocket parks + single-family attached + detached housing
- Prospect: single-family detached + attached housing + Woodland Preserve lots
- West Court: multi-family corridor apartments, parking, dog park + pickle ball courts
The city and its partners will respect and build upon the property’s agricultural legacy. Along with the proposed 21 acres of open space, Big Cove Village will have 2.7 miles of walkable trails that will connect the future neighborhood parks to the area’s regional greenway system.
“To have a working farm that is becoming something else in this day and age – we take that as a serious responsibility. To not just transform it into something unrecognizable, but to actually build on that heritage.”Rob Robinson, consulting principal, Urban Design Associates (UDA)
The public’s feedback is vital
The City of Huntsville plans to widen Old Big Cove Road to accommodate the traffic in and out of this new development. Big Cove Village is designed for pedestrians, and will bring a new and exciting buzz to the surrounding area.
Councilman Little has said the response from the community has been very positive, and they look forward to shaping this project to the needs of current and future generations.