By Shawna Bray, WVUA 23 Staff

TUSCALOOSA—On Wednesday, the Tuscaloosa County Commission agreed to purchase an 18-acre property for a new recreation center. The property, located off Highway 216 in Brookwood, will serve residents within a 15 mile radius.

District 2 Commissioner, Jerry Tingle, said the center is sorely needed in that part of the county.

“The most important thing about this piece of property is that it’s in a very good location,” Tingle said.

The County Commission has already set aside $5 million to build the activity center.

“We don’t expect to have any additional funding to build the building itself,” Tingle said.

Compared to other centers in the county, Tingle said he hopes this center will have a unique environment.

“I want it to be a little more of a modern type facility, but not as big. It won’t be as big as the other centers,” Tingle said. “It doesn’t need to be as big because of its location and who it’s going to serve.”

Commissioners said they hope bidding for construction will begin in January.

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