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  • The Cook Museum of Natural Science is constructing a 57, 000 sq. ft., multi-level facility that will establish a one-of-a-kind venue for the presentation of natural science and for the celebration of North America and the Tennessee Valley’s beauty and natural resources.
  • The City Center will be the focus of an aggressive plan for residential development.
  • The successful first phase of the new fine arts school has created such a demand that a second phase of the Center is now under way and scheduled for completion in 2016.
  • Streetscape enhancements in the City Center have created a vibrancy and momentum for restaurants and retail businesses on 2nd Avenue.

Dine Downtown Decatur


Want a fresh new taste in dining out? Check out the food scene in historic downtown Decatur. No matter what you're hungry for, we've got it!
Down-home cooking or up-town cuisine, with 21 restaurants within a ten-block radius, you'll find the perfect spot to satisfy your cravings and your style.
Local flavors, All-American favorites and dishes with international flair... all served with a side of Southern hospitality.
It’s all Good!

Downtown Construction Update

January 25, 2016 - Contractors are on-site and current renovations are underway at the train depot on Railroad Street.


  • Blake Temple
    Temple, Inc.

    "Over the last five years the Decatur Downtown Redevelopment Authority has brought new businesses, restaurants, events and jobs to the downtown area. Additional payroll and millions in new capital investments have also created a great energy downtown…what a track record! Now it is time for all of us to get on board with the Forward Decatur initiative and the DDRA’s new strategic plan. With our collective focus and hard work, we will have an even more beautiful and enjoyable downtown during the next five years and beyond.”
  • Barrett Shelton
    The Decatur Daily

    “What happens today sets the stage for tomorrow. We’ve seen amazing changes in downtown Decatur over the last few years. Let’s capitalize on those changes and keep the momentum going. Be a part of the Forward Decatur initiative and generously support the downtown improvements. You’ll enjoy it and your children will thank you for this legacy!”

  • Brian Cook
    Cook's Pest Control

    "Over the past five years we have experienced the beginning of a renaissance in our community, and the next five years will be even more transformational. From the arts to education, from dining to living, our community will be a place for us all to enjoy and share with the countless guests that come for our parks, museums, sports tournaments and more. Let’s act generously to go Forward Decatur!"

  • Britt Sexton
    Sexton, Inc.

    “We all have a stake in the growth and development of Downtown Decatur. In supporting Forward Decatur, I urge each business and industry leader to join us in making this important investment. From the Riverfront to Delano Park and all points in between, our downtown has tremendous potential and the growth of the last five years is only the beginning. Now is the time for us to join forces and make this happen!”
  • Senator Arthur Orr

    “The goals and objectives of the Decatur Downtown Redevelopment Authority are of vital importance to every citizen in and visitor to Decatur. The benefits of Forward Decatur over the next five years will accrue to every segment of the community, both public and private. It is a program of such importance to Decatur that all of us in both the public and private sectors must unite in support of its goals.”

Survey Results

Decatur Downtown Market Study and Strategies Report

To view the findings from the online consumer and business surveys conducted this past February, click the links below. 

Executive Summary 2015 

Market Study and Strategies Report 2015

Downtown Decatur, Alabama is attracting the attention of entrepreneurs and developers who are choosing to locate downtown because of its quaint historic character, its convenient location to Madison and Huntsville, Alabama, and its close proximity to the beautiful Tennessee River.

Learn more about why locating your business or development in Decatur downtown is one of the best choices you can make.

Strategic Plan
The 2015-2019 Strategic Plan is continuing to guide the revitalization efforts downtown. The plan focuses on residential development in the City Center, enhancement of the 6th Avenue Gateway Entrance Corridor, beautification and Decatur Downtown Commons. Learn more about the plan.

3rd Friday
Every day is a great day to go to downtown Decatur, but the third Friday of each month is even better. Join the downtown merchants for sales, entertainment, food and more. Learn more about this event and many more.

Work in Progress
Many redevelopment projects are currently underway in Downtown Decatur. This includes streetscape efforts, park development, and Phase II construction of the Alabama Center for the Arts. Learn more about current projects.