Alabaster out of running for Kroc Center

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Alabaster received news that it is out of the running for a Kroc Center in connection with the Salvation Army.

Mayor David Frings reported he had received the news during Monday night&8217;s session of City Council.

The city, the Shelby County Commission and the local Salvation Army were partnering for what could be a modern community center at the Old Siluria Mill property.

Much of the funding for the multi-million-dollar complex would have come from the estate of Joan B. Kroc, wife of McDonald&8217;s founder Ray Kroc.

Capt. Kevin Strickland of the Salvation Army in Alabaster reported the news to Frings.

Frings said among reasons given to turn Alabaster down included the fact that the local corps (Salvation Army) had only been in Alabaster for seven years and it was a risk because it did not have a strong-enough presence.

He also said Alabaster was considered a churched community which was not the place to establish both a corps and a Kroc Center.

Councilmember Tommy Ryals said the old mill would still be made into a centerpiece facility. Sherwood told Strickland the Salvation Army would be included in a cultural center for the city