MONTGOMERY — Members of the Alabama ABC Board took no action Thursday regarding a new, larger central warehouse and office facility project.
The ABC board and staff met privately for about an hour in an executive session at the beginning of the meeting. However, no official action was taken after the public meeting reconvened. No reason was given for the executive session by the board or its attorney. However, executive sessions under the Alabama Open Meetings Act can be called for a variety of reasons.
The next ABC board meeting is scheduled for January 18.
ABC Board administrator Curtis Stewart announced in August that the ABC Board requested proposals on a new lease for a more extensive facility due to the agency's operations nearly doubling in the last decade.
According to the RFP, If the bidder plans to build a new warehouse and office for the ABC to lease, construction must be completed by the end of 2025. The RFP outlines a 250,000-square-foot warehouse facility with expansion designs "for up to 325,000 square feet for future growth." The new lease would be in the range of 10 to 25 years.
The requests were due in October, and the responding companies were DHL Supply Chain, Scannell Properties and Aronov and BL Harbert International, according to Alabama Daily News.
By law, the ABC Board is required to lease all facilities. The Board's central offices and warehouse, located at 2715 Gunter Park Drive West in Montgomery, were leased in April 1982. The site has been modified multiple times to increase warehouse space, parking and office space. The ABC Board now requires "facilities designed to alleviate current constraints that foster continued growth and support the future business needs of the state of Alabama," according to the ABC. The current lease for the central office complex and main warehouse will expire on March 31, 2025.
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