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Decatur businessman plans development in Priceville

By Ronnie Thomas
rthomas@decaturdaily.com · 340-2438

PRICEVILLE — A Decatur businessman expects to break ground in May on a 43-acre residential and commercial development on Alabama 67.

Shadow Mountain, adjacent to Priceville Business Center, will be the first development for Guy Smith, who owns Industrial Commercial Electrical Contractors. He lives on 29 acres that touch the site.

He is asking to rezone 40.5 acres from A-1, or agricultural, to R-6, which is zoning for patio homes. He plans to build “an upscale” single-family residential development of 120 all-brick homes with a minimum of 1,800 square feet. Lot sizes are from 11,000 square feet to 20,000 square feet.

“I’m taking advantage of R-6 zoning for a little more leeway on the setbacks,” Smith said. “They will not be as restrictive (for single-family residential) as they would be for patio homes.”

Most of the remaining tract that fronts Alabama 67 is zoned C-1, or commercial.

“I want to clean it up a little bit,” he said of the 2.5 acres. “In the future, I would like to build a nice high-end strip center there.”

Clete Blankenship, project engineer, said the commercial strip is only 180 feet deep and that rezoning will stretch it to 250 feet deep.

The Planning Commission on Feb. 19 recommended that the Priceville Town Council approve the rezoning. The council will have a public hearing Tuesday at 7 p.m. during a regular meeting, moved from March 22.

Smith, who has owned ICE on Alabama 20 for three years and has been self-employed for 14 years, said he wants “to do something that complements the community and will be an asset.

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