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Houses are going up in three subdivisions in Trinity.
Pastures, cottonfields, forests transforming into 3 subdivisions
By Ronnie Thomas
TRINITY — A pasture and a hayfield.
Hardwood spiraling through undergrowth and scrub pines.
Trinity Mayor Vaughn Goodwin remembers these landscapes from when he grew up here, working at Branum Hardware and Wrecker Service and playing football at West Morgan High School.
The vistas are changing for Goodwin, 41, not as a sweeping mental outlook, but for real. He likes what he sees.
But never would he have imagined that three subdivisions would be springing up at once in this town of about 1,800 people.
“It’s exciting for sure,” Goodwin said. “Hopefully, we’re getting more households now that will support commercial growth on Gordon Terry Parkway and Alabama 20.”
Goodwin is pleased a Dollar General Store is close to opening on Old Alabama 24 and that “they’ve started prep work on the little strip mall on Gordon Terry, east of West Morgan Road and South Greenway Drive. And we’re still searching for that restaurant.”
So on 108 acres off Mountain Home Road, where livestock once roamed a pasture with an accompanying hayfield, Kent Hollingsworth is developing Mountain Cove subdivision.
Bill Smith is transforming the former wooded property off Gordon Terry Parkway, between Ghost Hill Road and South Greenway Drive, into a 36-acre site called Greenway Place subdivision.
And on another 36-acre tract on Old Alabama 24, near West Morgan Elementary School where cotton once bloomed, Jason Owens and his partner, Jeremiah Frost, are building 106-lot Stone Village subdivision.
Hollingsworth is developing Mountain Cove in four phases with buildout at 175 homes with prices starting at about $160,000. The first phase encompasses 44 lots, each lot one-fourth to one-half acre.
“We have six homes going in with full utilities and sewer, including three spec houses, one presale and two show homes for the Greater Morgan County Home Builders Association, of which I’m vice president,” he said. “We have a minimum square footage of 1,700 square feet. Most, however, are building homes ranging from 2,000 square feet to 2,500. “
Hollingsworth said workers are putting in foundations for the show homes with Lafarge and USA Ready Mix donating concrete, and Gobble-Fite Lumber Co. and Sherman Industries donating materials and supplies.
He said he will show the homes for the nonprofit association for two weekends, hopefully in August, before putting them on the market. He said he will donate part of the proceeds to “worthy causes and some of it goes to run Home Builders.”
Hollingsworth said he isn’t offering an amenities package on the first phase, which includes 22 acres, but might consider putting in a playground and walking trails later.
Smith, who is building a minimum of 1,800-square-foot homes in the 102-lot Greenway Place, said if it had not been for his efforts during the past decade Trinity would not have sewer.
“I knew growth was going to have to come this way, and deservedly so,” he said, “and the town had been struggling to get sewer. We met with engineers, TVA, Joe Wheeler and West Morgan-East Lawrence Water and Sewer Authority to discuss costs, growth and future land uses, and finally got it accomplished.”
Smith said homes in Greenway Place will start at about $180,000. He said the first phase will include 36 lots, six already sold. He said Bruce Sparkman, a Trinity town councilman and principal of West Morgan Middle School, is the first to build in the development, which will have lighted streets, sidewalks and curbs and gutters.
Greenway Place is three miles west of the Beltline, less than a mile from Decatur city limits.
Owens said underground construction at Stone Village involving water, sewer, storm drains and electrical work is complete and Wheeler Basin Gas Co. is installing gas lines this week.
“We will begin construction on the first of the houses in July,” he said. “In a few weeks, we plan to start construction on a clubhouse and recreation area that will include a swimming pool, basketball court, tennis court and playground. The clubhouse will feature a weight room.”
Owens said he plans to build out the 106-lot development in only two phases. He said the first phase will include 56 lots, which will range from one-fourth acre to one-half acre. He said houses start at $168,000.
“Greg and Regina Goode plan a 2,900-square-foot home, the largest sold so far,” Owens said. “Some of our lots could carry up to 3,200 square feet.”
And with all of the home construction ongoing, Goodwin believes that Trinity’s population will mushroom in the near future.
“We should already be closing in on 2,000 residents,” he said. “And we’re doubly excited because of (Redstone Arsenal’s expansion). I feel Trinity is going to get its share.”
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