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Protecting endangered bats complicates plans for Gadsden riverside park

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ETOWAH COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

An endangered bat is complicating plans for a riverside park in Gadsden.

The city council purchased the old Kmart property and leased some other property, for a riverfront park and development project on the east bank of the Coosa River.

Tuesday, city engineer Chad Hare told council members the endangered Indiana bat might live on the site.

So far, the bat has not been spotted, but what appear to be seven to eight habitats for the rare animal have been found.

Hare says that affected the permitting process, as they have to get permits from agencies that range from the state wildlife department to the U.S. Coast Guard.

And in turn, one change order will cost $64,000 extra to work around the bat habitats.

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