The Monroe County Hospital (MCH) is an accredited 94-bed facility with on-staff physicians representing a scope of medical specialties ensuring that patients receive the best care possible. MCH also provides progressive home care, occupational health, laboratory services, inpatient and outpatient surgery, cardiopulmonary services, physical therapy, kidney dialysis, radiology, and 24-Hour emergency care.
Monroeville is an evolving regional healthcare hub that offers a multitude of services and choices in addition to the hospital. The state-of-the-art Southwest Alabama Community Cancer Center is a comprehensive cancer provider that specializes in a variety of routine and specific approaches to cancer treatment. The Monroe County Health Department provides a multitude of services including nutrition, home health, immunizations, and family planning.
Monroeville provides a full array of activities for residents who enjoy all types of active and passive recreation. The city is sprinkled with charming parks, soccer fields, playgrounds, two modern public pools, public tennis courts, youth sports, and a state-of-the-art YMCA .The Vanity Fair Club features a challenging 18-hole course, which spans over 6,465 yards from the farthest tee for a par 72. The club also includes a lovely clubhouse, a swimming pool, and a 10-tee driving range.
Outdoor enthusiasts may participate in the some of the best clean air and outdoor life in the southeastern United States. The Alabama River is a popular place among sport anglers and boating enthusiasts, while the rural countryside is a hot spot for bird watching, hunting, camping, hiking, and horseback riding.
In addition to these activities, Monroeville is a short distance from alternative recreational adventures. Within a day’s trip, Monroeville’s residents take pleasure in the sugar-white beaches and deep sea fishing on the Gulf Coast, the world-class theatre at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival (www.asf.net), the world renowned public Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, the Spa at the Grand Hotel, gourmet cooking lessons at the Wind Creek Resort, and many other festive activities.
In 2009, the City Council formed a Downtown Redevelopment Authority to promote the central downtown district of Monroeville.
The Downtown Redevelopment Authority’s main responsibilities include:
- Downtown District Property Analysis
- Downtown Business & Real Estate Development
- Land & Building Acquisition
- Project Planning
- Project Management
- Downtown Planning & Coordination
- Grant Writing & Administration
- Downtown Promotion & Marketing
The Downtown Redevelopment Authority works closely with the City of Monroeville, Historic Preservation Commission and Chamber of Commerce to stimulate the economy in the downtown district, offer incentives for development and preserve the historic integrity of the district.
The Monroeville Downtown Redevelopment Authority is pleased to announce a new program designed to give property and business owners financial assistance for façade improvements. In March 2011, the Authority approved a Façade Incentive Grant Program which will reimburse property and business owners a maximum of $1,000.00 per building for improvements such as new exterior paint, awning replacement or additions, door and window improvements, sign replacement or improvements, renovations which complement the historic characteristics of a building and uncovering of architectural features of buildings. (click for application)
The Downtown District encompasses all of downtown south to Ivey Street (including McKnights Boots and Central Supply), west to Academy Blvd., east to Barnett Street and north to Fountain Drive and Lula Street.
Facade grant applications are accepted throughout the year and funded as funds are available. For more information, call City Hall at 575-2081. Copies of the grant application can also be obtained at City Hall on East Claiborne Street.
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In 1997, the Alabama Legislature designated Monroeville and Monroe County as “The Literary Capital of Alabama” in honor of Monroeville native Harper Lee, Pulitzer Prize winning author of To Kill a Mockingbird, and her childhood friend Truman Capote, author of In Cold Blood, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Grass Harp, and others. Monroeville is also home to Mark Childress, best-selling author of Crazy in Alabama, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Cynthia Tucker, and many others.
Each spring, tickets to the community theatrical production of To Kill a Mockingbird sell out in hours. The production is lauded internationally and has traveled to England, Israel, Chicago, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. However, the play is best seen in the Old Courthouse Museum and Amphitheatre by local players who bring realism and excellence in this original setting.
The Alabama Writers Symposium, is a premier annual event sponsored by Alabama Southern Community College that supports, studies, and celebrates the voices of Alabama literature. Each year, Alabama writers, literary scholars and avid readers make the pilgrimage to Monroeville to honor Alabama’s most distinguished writer of the year with the Harper Lee Award.
The portraits of Alabama’s literary icons, Booker T. Washington, Helen Keller, Martin Luther King, Jr. Truman Capote, and Harper Lee complete the Alabama literary experience by telling the story of the life and works of people who changed America and the world. These exquisite works were painted by American symbolist and Alabama artist Nall.