Decatur City Council votes to rezone land in bustling neighborhood

DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Residents of Carridale Street in Decatur attended Monday’s city council meeting armed with many questions about a proposed increased zoning in the busy neighborhood.

The Decatur City Council chose to vote “yes” on the rezoning which upset many residents. They say the rezoning isn’t much of an improvement for the neighborhood.

“You are making extreme changes in a neighborhood where there are no apartment complexes anywhere in the neighborhood, you are making these changes without any real study behind them,” longtime resident Mark Miller told News. 19.

Residents of Carridale Street were expecting a vote in favor from the council as they said their concerns were for children and the elderly in the area. The city council said the changes would not make a big difference.

“The plan is for townhouses, which is what we’re aiming for right now,” council member Hunter Pepper said.

Pepper said it was time to build and improve the neighborhood, and the starting point was a 14-acre piece of land that once housed a popular flower shop. Residents of the neighborhood have become accustomed to the empty lot as traffic has been tamed since the vacancy, but they say it’s not enough to build a housing structure in its place.

“We all wanted to see growth. Growth is very important to us in the city, and we want to see new high-end homes, apartment buildings,” Pepper explained. “We want everything to happen. We wanted new businesses to happen.”

Residents who attended the meeting disagreed, saying the new neighborhood will also see an increase in crime. Pepper said it’s all part of the city’s growth.

“They say it will increase crime and I will try to tackle this to the best of our abilities with an increased police presence. but we are understaffed at the moment and everyone knows it.

Carridale Street is one of the busiest streets in Decatur. It is commonly used as a break between the Beltline and 6and Street. The city council said adding a residential property to the neighborhood wouldn’t make much of a difference to traffic.


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