The Bessemer City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 16, approved a rezoning request and authorized Mayor Kenneth Gulley to enter into a development agreement with Masonry Arts/JB Processing as part of the company’s plans to build a $34 million facility in downtown Bessemer.
Officials recently announced plans to build the new facility downtown. The new expanded company will operate under the name J.B. Processing.
J.B. Processing intends to use different parts of the current Masonry Arts property on Third Avenue North for the $34 million expansion, its officials told AL.com.
The Bessemer Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously in August to give J.B. Processing approval on the requested zoning changes, the report states. The parcels of land will be rezoned from commercial to light industrial.
J.B. Processing wants to build a facility on the redeveloped land that cuts blocks of granite and marble into slabs to then sell to a global market, the report said.
The city of Bessemer's Police Department, the Bessemer Fire Department, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and area Ambulance Services commemorated the Sept. 11 attacks with a memorial service on Sept. 11, 2014 at Debardeleben Park in Historic Downtown.
The event featured remarks from Mayor Kenneth Gulley, Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale, Police Chief Nathaniel Rutledge, Fire Chief Paul Syx and representatives from the U.S Navy and U.S. Marines.
Observances were made recognizing the members of the Bessemer Police Department, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the Bessemer Fire Department who have given their lives in service to others.
In attendance for the event were members of the Brighton Police Department, Regional Paramedics and Rural Ambulance.
Notice is hereby given that on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 a run-off election for the purpose of electing the City Council (Districts 1 and 3) and School Board (Districts 1, 6, 7) for the city of Bessemer will be held. The general municipal election was held on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, during which none of the candidates for the above districts received a majority of votes for the above mentioned offices.
City of Bessemer
Bessemer Mayor: Kenneth E. Gulley
Bessemer City Council District 1: Runoff - David Vance - Gregory Coleman
Bessemer City Council District 2: Chester Porter
Bessemer City Council District 3: Runoff - Addie Davidson - Cynthia Stephenson Donald
Bessemer City Council District 4: Donna Thigpen
Bessemer City Council District 5: Ron Marshall
Bessemer City Council District 6: Jesse Matthews
Bessemer City Council District 7: Cleo King