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Priceville council rezones subdivision for BRAC growth

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

PRICEVILLE — Another 120 homes will be available for people moving to the area because of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission process.

The Shadow Mountain subdivision will be on Alabama 67 near Interstate 65, 22 miles from the Redstone Arsenal.

After a public hearing Tuesday, the Priceville Town Council approved rezoning 43 acres for the single-family residential development. The property is adjacent to and behind Priceville Business Center.

Of the 43 acres, 2.5 are zoned for commercial development, increasing the commercial frontage from 180 feet deep to 250 feet deep to accommodate a strip center.

Developer Guy Smith was not present, but Clete Blankenship, project engineer representing Lee Y. Greene and Associates, said the first phase of residential development will consist of about 30 lots.

He said he anticipates development to proceed in three or four phases, depending on the market. He said the typical lot size for all-brick homes will be 11,200 square feet.

“Corner lots will be from between 12,000 square feet to 13,000 square feet, and lots in cul-de-sacs will run up to 20,000 square feet,” Blankenship said. Smith said earlier that the all-brick homes will be a minimum 1,800 square feet.

Smith must go back before the Planning Commission for layout approval. The commission also will conduct another public hearing for preliminary plat approval. A third appearance before the commission will be for final plat approval.

John Robinson, who lives on 40 acres on Bethel Road, south of Alabama 67, is the only person who spoke during the public hearing. He said he supports the subdivision but is concerned about maintenance of a privacy fence, which he said the developer assured would be erected during the Planning Commission’s public hearing.

“Right now, a power line separates my place from the proposed development,” he said. “I want to make sure that the developer maintains the fence and that homeowners don’t take it down. I’ve seen that happen in other areas. We have horses in the back, and we don’t won’t people getting inside the fence.”

Robinson said the development “will be great for the city. We own Gin House Branch Farm, a you-pick farm, and growth will benefit us.”

Mayor Melvin Duran said he, too, is excited about growth and the arrival of more nice homes.

“Our developers are trying to position themselves and the town to have property available for BRAC people,” he said. “The quicker we can get them started, the better.”

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