On April 27, 2011, a band of tornadoes swept across the South, leaving catastrophic damage in the wake. Tuscaloosa, AL awa EF5 storms, the maximum rating possible. Development at the intersection of McFarland Blvd and 13th Street was one of the worst affected areas.
In the wake of the tragedy, Alumni Development had a vision for this primely located property that would rebuild and bring the area back to life. After extensive site work to remove the rubble, an underground detention systems with 72-inch pipes was added. The resulting center contains 8 buildings and includes Dick's, Sporting Goods, PetSmart, Fresh Market and Cost Plus World Market. The community has rallied around the center, now a symbol of rebirth in Tuscaloosa.