Saban Center entering next phase of project

The Saban Center is one step closer to becoming a reality in Tuscaloosa. 

The development, located at the site of the Tuscaloosa News building, will house several children’s organizations including the Children’s Hands-On Museum and Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre. In addition, the city is planning on building an events center in the same area.

On Tuesday, the Tuscaloosa City Council passed a resolution in support of proceeding with design phase services for both future facilities.

District 4 Council Member Lee Busby was the lone vote against the measure. Busby said he’s not against the facilities, but he wanted them to be voted on separately.

Tuscaloosa City Council President Kip Tyner said city leaders have been meeting about these projects for the last three months.

“I feel like in the long run you are going to save money by doing it all at once,” Tyner said. “If you did the Saban Center and turn around and do the event center, it will basically be the same property. You may have to tear some things up. I felt like we should make that commitment and move forward with both of them now.”

Tyner said the Sabans have also pledged another $1 million toward the project.

The city is hoping to break ground in fall 2023. If that happens, completion will be scheduled for October 2025.

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