Alabaster Council approves 20-acre land swap between city and Cheney Lime

The Alabaster City Council approved a resolution May 6 allowing a 20-acre swap of land between the city and Cheney Lime.

Council member Tommy Ryals has been working on details of the deal for years, and he said the swap would come at no cost to the city.

“There is no money exchange here,” Ryals said. “It’s just an even swap of property.”

Ryals said the city owns 111 acres along Alabama 119 behind the Burger King, and the land swap would help connect the city’s property to 119.

Ryals said the 20-acre swap would help the city when the proposed city center is eventually built.

“This is the ultimate dream location for our city center,” Ryals said. “What this does is it gives us another means of access to the property, probably even our primary access point. We still plan on building the city center, and I think that will happen.”