McCalla residents concerned over proposed apartment development

McCalla residents concerned over proposed apartment development

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Residents say if this property is turned into low-income housing it will drive down home prices. Source: WBRC Residents say if this property is turned into low-income housing it will drive down home prices. Source: WBRC
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

Some homeowners in McCalla are concerned about a proposed apartment development.

They were prepared for a big showdown Thursday in a zoning hearing for the project but a lack of a quorum meant the meeting was canceled.

About 1,000 residents in McCalla, Bessemer and McAdory have signed a petition opposing the project. The notice says the estate of Margret Kendrick, which is represented by developer Mitchell Davenport, wants to change the property from A-1 agricultural status to multi-family.

People living in this area believe this could become a low-income, government-subsidized apartment community. They fear it will impact their home values.

"Our fears are home values are going to go down. You know the housing market is not the best right now but we put a lot of time and effort in our community to make it great. We have seen McCalla grow so much," Lauren Trim said.

Trim says homeowners are not opposed to low-rent housing but they don't want it in the area.

FOX6 News has been unable to reach Davenport for comment on the issue.

The zoning and planning board has rescheduled the hearing for Feb. 13.

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