FIVE YEARS LATER: ALBERTA TRANSFORMED

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Note: This story, and many others on the April 27, 2011, tornado, aired during WVUA 23’s 1 and a half hour special program “Faces of the Storm” on April 27, 2016. If you’d like to watch the whole series, click here.

Alberta, another victim of April 27, 2011, has been transformed by the decimation.

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Areas that all too recently stood broken, then bare, are coming back — or arriving for the first time.

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Businesses and residences have been rebuilt, and Alberta Elementary was restored and rebranded the Alberta School of Performing Arts.

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New businesses are coming as well, such as Dominoes Pizza.

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The bridge into Alberta on University Boulevard is also back in action, giving residents and travelers alike an easy way to get to, from and through the area.

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The Alberta Technology Center is another area newcomer. The new center offers a paper-free, all-digital library along with other rentable digital goods, such as music or movies. The center will be furnished with tablet computers, e-readers and other devices as well, so patrons without their own will be able to access the library’s contents.

But the most recently announced change? Tuscaloosa’s Amtrak Station on Greensboro Avenue is moving to Alberta. The new station will be located at the site of the former Leland Shopping Center.

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Tuscaloosa City Council’s District 5 Councilman Kip Tyner said Alberta’s residents make all the effort worthwhile.

“We have the greatest neighborhoods of anybody in the city,” he said. “Some of the greatest neighborhoods that have stayed very strong through the bad times.”

Tyner said the new Amtrak station would increase traffic in Alberta, because it would service about 12,000 passengers a year.

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