Homeowners Speak Out Against New Development Near East Chase


By Ashley Thompson

Homeowners in Montgomery are upset with new development near the Shoppes at East Chase...that backs up to their homes. Trees have been behind those homes since the neighborhood was founded decades ago but now, those trees are gone.

Residents in the Halcyon Forest Neighborhood off of Taylor Road say they woke up to the sound of bulldozers days ago.

"I think it was 14 acres back there and it was just about, they just about got all the trees back there," says homeowner John Rogers.

A plot of land is being cleared out for future development and some people in the neighborhood aren't thrilled.

"The thing that I don't care about is the fact that it's open for anybody that wants to walk up," says resident Sarah Smith.

"If you stand on Taylor Road now and look out across there you can see the back of your house," says Rogers. "You never expected to see that."

Some homeowners are worried about other problems that may arise with new development.

"The traffic will bother us," says homeowner Jimmy Varner. "Getting in and out of the neighborhood is a little difficult at certain busy times of the day and this adds more."

Neighbors tell us The Baptist Foundation owns the land and that they've been trying to sell it for quite some time. Years ago, plans to build a hotel were unsuccessful after residents fought those plans in court. The homes are in Councillor Charles Jinright's district. In a statement to Alabama News Network, he writes "I hope the Baptist Foundation will respect the property owner's wishes in the Halcyon Forest Neighborhood if they sell the property."

Residents say they are wishing for a quiet establishment, if something must be built.

"Ideally something not over two stories and a business would be fine," says Rogers. "I just wouldn't want something open 24 hours."

"The sooner they come and clean this up, the better we'll be," says Varner. "It's just kind of unsightly."

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