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Trinity OKs rezoning for business location

By Ronnie Thomas 340-2438

TRINITY — After a public hearing Monday, the Trinity Town Council voted 5-0 to rezone almost 11 acres on North Seneca Drive from R-1, single family residential, to M-1, light manufacturing.

The owners of SP&J General Contractors plan to move their business from the old Johnson Bates and Legg Construction building on old Alabama 24. The new site is on the east side of North Seneca. Property owner James Clayton of Birmingham said the sale was contingent on rezoning approval.

Co-owner Mitchell Jones of Houston in Winston County said SP&J does plant maintenance and construction.

Carlos Alberti, who lives at 944 North Seneca across from the site, was the only resident speaking in opposition. He cited heavier traffic and said a business would devalue property. Alberti said several neighbors also opposed the rezoning but were unable to attend.

"We think the Veterans Day meeting was a mistake," he said. "We called, and the response was that the office was closed." But Town Clerk Barbara Jones said the meeting was adequately posted.

Jones soothed Alberti somewhat by saying that 90 percent of the vehicles to and from the location involved pickups.

"We will build an attractive office building and a facility for fabrication, welding and light metal work," he said. "We will have one diesel truck delivering metal." Jones said most of their equipment will remain at customer plants.

"The only other vehicles we have are a dump truck and backhoe," said another of the company's four co-owners, David Pace of Town Creek. "The loudest thing anyone will hear at our business will be from an air compressor."

After the meeting, Alberti said he was pleased that heavy equipment wouldn't be on the road consistently but added, "Keeping it a residential district would have been even better."

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