Helena residents protest Walgreens proposal

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Local Helena residents are protesting a builder&8217;s proposal to decrease the size of a green strip of land between their homes and a planned Walgreen&8217;s Pharmacy.

The property in question lies between Shelby County 52 and Alabama 261, near the Falliston subdivision.

The builder, Steve Mobley of Mobley Development, hopes to decrease the 20-foot-wide strip of buffer by up to 12 feet in order to prepare for the expansion and widening of Shelby County 52.

The widening of the road has been approved, highway officials confirm, but is still awaiting the necessary funding for construction to begin.

Residents in Falliston expressed their concerns about decreasing the size of the buffer. Some worry that the lack of space between the homes adjacent to the property and the new pharmacy will make it a more difficult place to live.

The Helena Board of Adjustments has scheduled a hearing to discuss Mobley&8217;s proposal for Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 10 a.m