New council members sworn in; work begins on Ashley Furniture

New council members sworn in; work begins on Ashley Furniture

DECATUR–  Work has begun on the site at the Mound Center that will soon be home to a 35,000 square foot facility that will house an Ashley Furniture store, and city staff couldn’t be more pleased.


“This has been one of the most successful shopping districts for Decatur in recent memory and we think this new store will add that much more to it,” Assistant City Manager Billy Tyus said. “City staff was very adamant about wanting to do something special to this site and we think we have done just that with this building.”


The council approved a building permit for the facility in early fall of 2014 and work started on the site last month. The 35,000 square foot facility will house the Ashley Furniture store as well as 4 to 5 empty spots for additional businesses.


The Mound Center already houses Target, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, a Verizon store, Starbucks, and Olive Garden.


“There is a funding gap of about $7 million that this Ashley Furniture store will solve, meaning that we have more demand than we do options for home goods,” Tyus added.


Construction on the building is expected to run through late summer or early fall, Tyus says they do expect the store to open before the end of the calendar year.


In other business… The new city council members and the Mayor have all been sworn into office. Before the meeting got underway on Monday night, Councilwoman Lisa Gregory and Councilman Bill Faber took their oath of office. They were joined by Councilwoman Dr. Dana Ray, who won her bid for reelection last month. Incumbent Mayor Mike McElroy also took his oath of office for his 3rd term as Mayor. Two items were scrapped from the agenda, funding for a sewer infrastructure project, and the purchase of additional SUVs for the Decatur Police Department. Both items were removed from the agenda because of a clerical error.