WHO WE ARE
Like you, The Alliance for Responsible Growth cares about our Tuscaloosa community and wants to protect it for all of us who call it home. That means supporting plans that grow our community the right way and fighting proposals that are dangerous and irresponsible.
Real estate developer Stan Pate owns the property that we now know as the McFarland Mall. It’s obvious that the property is struggling. For years, Mr. Pate has been seeking a deal with the City of Tuscaloosa to sell McFarland Mall to the City for $28 million dollars.
Manipulating the city into purchasing this property would be IRRESPONSIBLE growth, especially while our city is dealing with the fallout of a global pandemic.
This deal would ultimately need to be approved by the City’s leadership. Mr. Pate thinks he can control City Council members by spending tens of thousands of dollars on campaigns to influence city elections.
In the March 12th, 2017 edition of The Tuscaloosa News, Stan Pate said of his contributions to city officials, “I don’t hide from the fact that these are investments. And I want and need to make a profit.”
Remember, in 2017, Mr. Pate proposed the rezoning of the vacant 7.28-acre area between Rice Mine Road Loop and McFarland Boulevard NE. He proposed reclassifying the area as “Multi-Family Residential” to build a 400-bedroom student-based apartment complex. Although the City Council initially denied Mr. Pate’s proposal because it violated city guidelines, he was appealing his decision hoping his money and influence would allow him to force through his project.
The development of this lot into a student housing complex would have been IRRESPONSIBLE growth. Now, Mr. Pate is at it again.
Greedy Stan Pate wants to line his pockets and wants the city of Tuscaloosa to pay for it. He’s asking tens of millions of the city at a time when budgets are tight because of a global pandemic.
We need you to take action and make your voice heard.
Chairman, Steve Stephens