The site will be the future home of Full Moon Bar-B-Que and will have the potential to house two other businesses as well. In order to accommodate the proposed businesses, Jasper Water Works installed a larger water line and ran a new sewer line to the property on Thursday, closing the road to traffic and rerouting drivers back onto Highway 78.
Joe Matthews, Jasper’s Public Works Director, said late Thursday that the street was closed most of the day, but the crews were working diligently to ensure the street would be reopened to normal traffic before Friday morning.
“They’ve taken the opportunity to work on it this week since traffic has been a little lighter,” Matthews said.
The restaurant development is still waiting on final commitment from a state industrial development grant that would help pay for a new right turn lane from the east-bound lane of Highway 78 into the property. Matthews said the city expects to receive final word from that grant application in January.
Matthews also said the city has recently seen proposed preliminary drawings for the restaurant’s building and anticipates citizens will see major developments to begin early in 2013.
“I would expect them to get underway with actual construction in January or February.” Matthews said.
Full Moon Bar-B-Que is a Birmingham-based chain with eight locations across central Alabama. A proposed Jasper location was announced by Mayor Sonny Posey in July of this year, when the city applied for the grant money.
Last month, the city council agreed to consider the business for the city’s economic incentive package, which allows for economic incentives to be granted for businesses that provide at least 20 new full-time jobs and a total investment of $1 million.