Master plan for west Homewood to be discussed Thursday

Master plan for west Homewood to be discussed Thursday

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Patriot Park in west Homewood is one area of Homewood that is currently being renovated.  Source: WBRC video Patriot Park in west Homewood is one area of Homewood that is currently being renovated. Source: WBRC video
Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham will hold a public meeting Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Homewood Senior Center. Source: WBRC video Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham will hold a public meeting Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Homewood Senior Center. Source: WBRC video
HOMEWOOD, AL (WBRC) -

West Homewood is the focus of a lot of ongoing projects including major renovations to Patriot Park, redesigning the I-65 and Oxmoor Road interchange, and new businesses on Greensprings Highway.

But this week folks who live in that area are being asked to look beyond these projects and tell city planners what they want to see next.

To be honest, it took us awhile to find people who live in West Homewood who said anything besides "nothing" when asked what improvements they think the area needs.

"I would like to see more security," said homeowner Jesse Donaldson. "We've been having a lot of break-ins lately and I'd like to see more police around to deter some of it."

"I would like to see more good neighborhood developments, more restaurants," said homeowner Kayla Acton. "In this West Homewood area I would like to see more police involvement with the neighborhoods."

More police presence isn't something a new masterplan can fix, but more development is, and that's where the regional planning commission comes in.

"Master plans generally are great for developers because it takes risk out of the equation and makes them more likely to develop," said Philip Amthor, senior planner at the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham.

The planning commission is hosting an open meeting for neighbors Thursday night at the Homewood Senior Center. The senior planner in charge says his goal is to capture and continue the momentum he sees in this area.

"That's what we wanna hear from the public is what kind of neighoborhood do you want?" Amthor says. "So the city can put in the right regulatory environment for the future."

The planning commission and Homewood's leadership plan to take that public input and use it to make a masterplan that can be put into action by next spring.

If you'd like to go, the meeting is Thursday night from 4-7pm at the Homewood Senior Center on Oak Grove Road.

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