Euramex close to a public presentation of Avondale Estates plans

Two Avondale Estates commissioners and City Manager Clai Brown met Wednesday with Euramex Management, which is close to giving a public presentation of its development plans for downtown.

The city commission has a work session Jan. 20, but Mayor Jonathan Elmore said Euramex didn’t ask for a spot on the agenda, and believes the presentation will come in February.

Euramex, known mostly as a developer of suburban-style apartments, purchased the three-acre “erector set” property on College Avenue and Maple Street in August 2014, and the 13-acre Fenner Dunlop site in October 2014.

Elmore said the city wants more commercial property than Euramex currently has planned, and also wants an extension of those truncated downtown streets bordering the old mill site, thereby forming more of a grid.

“Today’s meeting was probably the best we’ve had with them,” Elmore said. “Like a lot of developers they buy things and then hold on to them. They’re in this for the long haul and so are we.”