Rezoning for Greystone area apartment complex to be discussed Aug. 3

Published 9:34 am Thursday, July 30, 2015

By MOLLY DAVIDSON / Staff Writer

NORTH SHELBY—The Shelby County Planning Commission will consider a rezoning request that could bring hundreds of new residents to Alabama 119. On Aug. 3, the Planning Commission will discuss a rezoning request for an apartment complex on Alabama 119 just past St. Vincent’s One Nineteen.

The request, submitted by Joe Cicarello with Abbey-Greystone LLC, involves the rezoning of a roughly 30-acre tract of land from H-Z Holding Zone District and B-2 General Business District to R-5 SD Multi-Family Residential Special District.

Although the rezoning includes 30 acres, only about 15 acres of the property are located outside of the flood zone, Shelby County Chief Development Officer Chad Scroggins explained.

The rezoning would be a “substantial change” for the area, Scorggins said, noting plans for the property include a “high density, four story residential apartment complex.”

Plans for the potential Abbey at Greystone apartment complex include 379 apartment units.

The Aug. 3 Planning Commission decision will only consider the rezoning of the property, not the site plan for the proposed apartment complex, Scroggins said, explaining at this step, the Planning Commission will evaluate how the proposed complex “relates to the comprehensive plan” for the area and how it fits on the lot.

Due to the high-traffic nature of the Alabama 119 and U.S. 280 area, Scroggins said he does expect to see pushback from the community.

“We anticipate there will be a substantial amount of opposition,” Scroggins said. “Traffic and other issues in the area are certainly contested.”

Scroggins said the Planning Commission will listen and consider comments from both sides of the rezoning issue and declined to speculate on the possible outcome of Aug. 3 meeting.

“We’ll have to see what the Planning Commission decides on Monday night,” Scroggins said.

The Shelby County Planning Commission will discuss the rezoning for the Abbey at Greystone apartment complex during an Aug. 3 meeting at 6 p.m. at the County Services Building in Pelham.