Birmingham-headquartered Drummond Company is creating a state-of-the-art, 50-acre, multi-purpose development site that can seamlessly be customized and turnkey ready for retail, commercial, and / or industrial tenants to build out along Interstate 22 Exit 78.
The property is contiguous and immediately adjacent to the I-22 corridor connection between Birmingham and Memphis. This prime location, right off of exit 78, is only a 15-minute commute from downtown Birmingham and a 25-minute drive from downtown Jasper. The site is adjacent to the community of Yerkwood, near Dora and Sumiton in Walker County.
Phase 1 of the project is anticipated to be completed by the first half of 2024. In addition to supporting 16 full-time construction jobs, Phase 1 is expected to create 100 direct jobs and 30 indirect jobs. The 50-acre site will be fully graded. Thanks to Alabama Power Company and other partners, the site will have full utility access, from electric to water, sewage, and high-speed broadband internet access. The property is also near a Class 1 rail line, in addition to being a stone’s throw from I-22 and easy drives to I-65, I-59/20, and Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.
There’s Heritage in Heritage Landing
While the Heritage Landing site sits off of the first interstate exit along the corridor within Walker County coming from the Birmingham area, the property location is also within the heart of historic Alabama coal mining communities that were established and flourished during the 20th century mining boom. Some of these mines closed within the recent past, including in the following locations: Dora, West Jefferson, Sumiton, Cordova, Quinton, Quintown, Twilley Town, Flat Creek, Burnwell, Pumpkin Center, Barney, Redstar, Yerkwood, Wegra, Doliska, Union Chapel, Segco, Bagley Bend, Chetopa, Horse Creek, Short Creek, Pratt, Flat Top, Gorgas, Gilmore, Sayre, Knob, Arkadelphia, Maxine, Empire, Sipsey, and Creel.
The Heritage Landing project was sparked by the Alabama Department of Labor’s Abandoned Mine Land Program’s planned restoration of a pre-1960 non-reclaimed mine site through funding from the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcements’ (OSMRE) Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization (AMLER) Program that would reclaim the site’s mine spoil and eliminate 3,000 feet of abandoned mine high wall.
However, Drummond Company – with the backing of local, regional, state, and federal partners – did not want to stop at simply reclaiming the land once mined by companies that no longer exist. Drummond saw the opportunity to both honor the past while providing a springboard to the future; that bold vision is now turning into a reality thanks to a major financial investment from Drummond and other project partners.
“Today is a pioneering moment in the storied history of a place that helped power economic progress across our state, nation, and world,” remarked Richard Mullen, CEO of Drummond Company. “Walker County was where it all began for Drummond Company, and Heritage Landing exemplifies our continued commitment to cultivating a strong future for families and communities in the region. We wholeheartedly believe that this project represents a strategic investment in the latest evolution of Walker County and the surrounding area. Thanks to the group of partners involved in this endeavor, the best is yet to come.”
News & Media
- Officials break ground on ‘visionary’ Walker County economic development project (yellowhammernews.com)
- Alabama Department of Labor | News
- Work beginning on 50-acre Walker County multi-use development – al.com
- Heritage Landing promises economic opportunity for southern Walker County, Alabama – Alabama NewsCenter
Heritage Landing is currently in development. Significant discussions with interested developers and potential tenants are underway. Anyone interested is encouraged to use this contact form to contact the Walker County Development Authority.