Signs go up in Alabaster’s ‘Medical Mile’ district

Published 1:58 pm Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Banners recently went up in Alabaster's Main Street Medical Mile district along U.S. 31. (Reporter Photo/Neal Wagner)

Banners recently went up in Alabaster’s Main Street Medical Mile district along U.S. 31. (Reporter Photo/Neal Wagner)

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

Alabaster leaders recently took a step toward establishing Alabama’s first Main Street Medical Mile district after the city placed new banners along U.S. 31 in the district.

City leaders recently placed blue banners on light poles on U.S. 31 between Euler Foot Clinic and just north of the Mash Medical Supplies business marking the Alabaster Main Street Medical Mile district. The banners read “Where high-quality health care and convenience meet.”

During an April 1 interview, Ward 3 Councilwoman Stacy Rakestraw said the signs are the first step toward forming the Medical Mile district, which Rakestraw said contains more than 1,000 health care professionals in about 300 medical offices.

“We are still in meetings with several of the medical groups to plan the details of how this project will be rolled out,” Rakestraw said.

Alabaster Mayor Marty Handlon has touted the Medical Mile district over the past few weeks, displaying the new banners at meetings with Alabaster business owners and Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce meetings.

Handlon praised Rakestraw for bringing the Medical Mile district idea to city officials after visiting her hometown, Jonesboro, Ark., in December 2013. Rakestraw said she came up with the idea after seeing a similar medical district near St. Bernards hospital in Jonesboro.

Handlon previously said the project is aimed at touting Alabaster’s plethora of medical offerings while possibly drawing new medical-related businesses to the city in the future.