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Top News Links: Thursday, Sept. 22

Hotel planned in historic Montgomery building

Developer John Tampa has announced plans to convert the 100-year-old Bishop-Parker Building near Riverwalk Stadium into a Springhill Suites hotel. — Montgomery Advertiser

Lowe’s sues for tax break

Big box home improvement chain Lowe’s has filed lawsuits seeking to have its stores’ values reassessed, basically as empty buildings, which would cut tax revenue in many states, including Alabama. — AL.com

State has strong business ties with Japan

Beyond headliners Honda and Toyota, more than 140 Japanese companies have a presence in Alabama, 19 of them new or expanding last year, bringing 700 jobs.  State government and business officials are in Japan now, working to strengthen ties. — Made in Alabama

Southern Light expands to Tuscaloosa

Mobile-based fiber optic provider Southern Light has expanded into Tuscaloosa, company officials announced, ready to handle its first contract there with the University of Alabama. The firm works primarily with commercial and industrial clients. – Tuscaloosa News

Hotel Indigo opens on Tuscaloosa waterfront

The 91-room Hotel Indigo opened Wednesday on the Black Warrior River, the third new hotel in the university city in 19 months. — Tuscaloosa News

Multi-family development approved in Auburn

Plans for the 270-unit multi-family Spring Lake development were approved by the Auburn City Council Tuesday, though planners recommended that the project be rejected for failure to comply with long-range plans. — Opelika-Auburn News

Groundbreaking set for senior living facilities in Birmingham, Huntsville

Georgia-based Phoenix Senior Living has announced plans for two new senior living facility, offering both independent and assisted living, with memory care available. Groundbreaking is slated in December of Phoenix at Eagle Point in Birmingham and for early next year for Phoenix at Madison in Huntsville. — Press Release

Birmingham Fiesta set for Saturday, Oct. 1

Fiesta, a celebration of Hispanic culture and billed as the largest multicultural festival in Alabama, will celebrate its 14th annual event Saturday, October 1, at Linn Park. — Press Release

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