With a population of about 26,000 people, the city of Northport is gearing up for a season of growth.

Currently in its best financial position, Northport City Council President Jay Logan said commercial developments coming in 2020 is the key to the city’s success. Many sectors are projected to see benefits from these changes, including financial institutions, constituent services and retail.

“Our vision for 2020, what I like to see is sustained growth, thinking big, planning smartly, planning with a purpose, moving with intention,” Logan said. “I think our city is poised for, just tremendous growth.”

Logan added that promoting an environment to put down roots is part of the city’s marketing strategy.

“When you look at where we are from a residential standpoint, people want to move to Northport just because of our housing market and its very amenable to a lot of families who want to start a new family or want to start over in a later stage in life,” Logan said. “We’re definitely growing.”

More residents means more dollars to spend, so the council is considering how to bolster retail developments and bring more spending options to the city.

“We’re trying to look at our city in terms of growth corridors and we’re looking at this area, City Hall west corridor along [Highway] 82,” Logan said. “Aldi – that’s going to be this new retail growth corridor. Our northern-west part of our city, that’s going to be more residential, but we have to start putting in what we call ‘in-field’ services, like your doctor’s offices, your quick-service restaurants, your fast casual. I think we’re trying to hit it, just bit by bit.”

While some of these plans still remain a mystery, Logan hinted that announcements for new businesses will be coming soon to social media and news outlets. In the meantime, the council is also working to utilize and show off some of its most precious already-established assets.

“We’ve got a great historic downtown that most cities try to replicate and manufacture, where ours has been there for almost 200 years,” Logan said. “The other thing that we’ve got going is we have a clean slate on our riverfront. So the importance of partnering with developers and development groups to bring in, not only that human element, that human capital, but also the fact that you can couple in helping that downtown to spur some growth and cleaning areas up. But that riverfront is already taking shape.”

Continue to follow the VISION 2020 series as WVUA 23’s Jabaree Prewitt takes a look at Tuscaloosa County next week.

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