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Moulton to discuss request to rezone land for truck stop

By Kristen Bishop
kbishop@decaturdaily.com 340-2443

MOULTON — A former Moulton resident is seeking to rezone his property on Alabama 33 so he can sell it to a major truck stop company.

Moulton City Council members tabled a decision Monday to rezone the property and plan to discuss the matter during a work session March 12.

Expressed interest

Property owner Robert Richardson, a former Moulton resident who lives in Biloxi, Miss., said many businesses have expressed interest in the eight acres on Alabama 33 west of Alabama 157.

However, only two-thirds of the property is zoned B-2 for general business. The other third is zoned R-1 for single-family residences, said Moulton Building Inspector Jody Buttrum.

"He wanted to rezone that piece of property to match the other two-thirds so he could sell the entire lot to a commercial buyer," she said.

Richardson said he is asking $600,000 for the lot.

"The problem is I'm trying to work with a big truck stop, and there's no need in me even trying to work with them until the whole thing is commercial," he said.

"That's what the hang up is. Once it gets zoned, that price will go up."

Richardson declined to identify the potential buyer but said it was "one of the leading major truck stops in the U.S."

Move failed

During Monday's council meeting, Councilman Brent White moved to approve the rezoning, but it failed for lack of a second.

Richardson's son owns nine acres across from his land. All of it is zoned for general business and is also for sale.

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