That huge movie theme park that was being planned for Albertville is now a step closer to getting the go-ahead.
Albertville City Council on Monday gave the developers of the proposed "Mall of Entertainment" the green light to conduct an updated environmental review of the site where they hope to build the complex.
It's the brainchild of the Darkenwald Family Partnership and Sony Pictures Consumer Products, who have teamed up to create a mall and entertainment experience that would be anchored by a $115 million, indoor Sony theme park.
Developers say the "Mall of Entertainment" will attract 800,000 visitors every year.
It's described as a "Sony Pictures Back-Lot Edutainment Experience," and would filled with attractions based on Sony Pictures movies.
This would include interactive movie-making and game-based adventures with themes and characters from new and classic Sony franchises.
But the theme park is just one aspect of the Mall of Entertainment, with the developers also planning the following:
- A 50,000-square-foot water park.
- A 275-room Marriott Hotel.
- 294,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.
- 182,000 square feet of office, medical and conference space.
- 260 multi-family apartments.
The approval of the environmental review is just a first step on what is likely to be a lengthy planning process for the development, located to the north of the popular Albertville Premium Outlets.
The Albertville Press and News however says the Darkenwald Partnership is hoping to open the first parts of the complex by 2019.