Montevallo Middle changes mean some will lose their homes - ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports

Montevallo Middle changes mean some will lose their homes

Posted: Updated:
Current look of Montevallo Middle School. (abc3340.com) Current look of Montevallo Middle School. (abc3340.com)
Drawing of the proposed renovations to Montevallo Middle School. Drawing of the proposed renovations to Montevallo Middle School.
Future traffic concept for Montevallo Middle School. Future traffic concept for Montevallo Middle School.
MONTEVALLO - AL -

Security changes to a few Shelby County schools means that some neighbors will lose their homes. All three Montevallo school campuses will have an updated look - complete with new safety features. But those changes are coming at a high price for people living across the street.

One of the biggest changes coming to Montevallo Middle School is the way you get to campus. They're looking at changing the roads, changing the bus routes, and adding new parking lots. But the only way to do that is to acquire the homes across the street. Homes, that neighbors here have lived in all their lives.  

"You start seeing surveys in your neighborhood and no one tells you what's going on," Paul McKenzie, who lives near the school said.

Neighbors on Samford Street say, they just don't know what to think. 

"I was born in the house in 1960," Phyllis Dukes, who lives by the school said. "I was told we moved into the house in '55."

They say even if the school board buys their properties at market value, it's not enough to find another place to live.

"The average house around here may be around $25-30,000," Dukes said. "You might could rent an apartment for two years and it's over for you."

Shelby County school leaders are planning to reconstruct many rooms inside and change the entire look of the outside of the campus. That means, re-routing traffic - separating school buses from the carpool lines, eliminating neighborhood traffic from the school property, and changing the front entrance for added security. The Board of Education says, these changes are necessary for safety. 

"We want to talk to the residents, find out what they need, we want to be advocates for the residents, but we also want to work with the school board and find out what the school board's plans are and see how we can find a happy middle ground," Montevallo Mayor Hollie Cost, PhD. said.

Some neighbors think it's a good idea...

"Kids, I see them walk up through here every day and they need somewhere to go because the way cars go in and out of this neighborhood, I think it's going to be nice," Edward Crayton, who lives next door to the school said.

"What we've also found out from the school board is that there are room for changes," Mayor Cost said. "Once they get the public input, they are willing to make some changes."

A meeting is set for next week to give residents more information about what will be happening. It will be Monday at 4:30 at the middle school. 

Here's additional information about Montevallo school changes: 

 

Montevallo High School

  • New building entrance modification for increased safety and security

  • Office renovation for efficient operation

  • New nurses station, conference room, teacher workroom, reception and check-in area

  • Renovation of heating/cooling system

  • New canopy and sidewalk to Career Tech Center

  • Renovation of Family and Consumer Science building to include Culinary Arts Center

  • Renovation of Agriscience department

  • Renovation of Alice Boyd building

  • New entrance drive and parking area

  • New electronic marquee sign on Highway 119

 

Montevallo Middle School

  • Purchase property to develop new bus and car rider traffic plans

  • New traffic entrance and parking area

  • Separation of bus and car traffic for improved safety

  • New dedicated turn lanes on Highway 119

  • Elimination of through-traffic on school property

  • Retain and upgrade area surrounding George Daily Park

  • New exterior landscaping

  • Add signage to Highway 119

  • New building entrance modification for increased safety and security

  • New canopy for drop-off/pick-up area

  • New entrance architecture

  • Renovation of hallways and restrooms

  • Gymnasium expansion

  • Additional new bleachers

  • Renovation of locker room

 

Montevallo Elementary School

  • Develop new bus and car traffic plan

  • New traffic entrance and parking area

  • Separation of bus and car traffic for improved safety

  • New canopy and sidewalk in bus loading and unloading area

  • New exterior landscaping and drainage improvements

  • New building entrance modification for increased safety and security

  • New canopy for car drop-off/pick-up area

  • New entrance architecture

  • Office renovation for efficient operation

  • Renovation of hallways and restrooms

  • Courtyard and drainage improvements

 

 

  • Birmingham Area NewsMore>>

  • Starting process of replacing I-20/59 bridge

    Starting process of replacing I-20/59 bridge

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:17 PM EDT2014-07-23 00:17:49 GMT
    It's more than 42 years old and not getting in any better shape. The long and arduous process of replacing the I-20/59 bridge near the Birmingham/Jefferson Civic Center area is in the beginning stages. Starting Wednesday, July 23, at 9 a.m., the Alabama Department of Transportation will conduct geotechnical investigations for replacement of the bridge that's in disrepair. More than 160,000 vehicle travel the corridor each day. However, the bridge was only designed to carry 80,000 vehicles a d...More >>
    It's more than 42 years old and not getting in any better shape. The long and arduous process of replacing the I-20/59 bridge near the Birmingham/Jefferson Civic Center area is in the beginning stages. Starting Wednesday, July 23, at 9 a.m., the Alabama Department of Transportation will conduct geotechnical investigations for replacement of the bridge that's in disrepair. More than 160,000 vehicle travel the corridor each day. However, the bridge was only designed to carry 80,000 vehicles a d...More >>
  • California law limits full-contact football practice for youth, local coach weighs in

    California law limits full-contact football practice for youth, local coach weighs in

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:33:21 GMT
    Football, and the injuries associated with it, are in the national spotlight. With recent suits from former NFL players and new rules determining when it is safe to return to play after a concussion, it's at the center of attention.More >>
    Football, and the injuries associated with it, are in the national spotlight. With recent suits from former NFL players and new rules determining when it is safe to return to play after a concussion, it's at the center of attention.
    More >>
  • JeffCo schools approve hiring of deputy supt.

    JeffCo schools approve hiring of deputy supt.

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 4:46 PM EDT2014-07-22 20:46:34 GMT
    Jefferson county superintendent of schools Dr. Craig Pouncey wants to clarify the chain of command within the district. Dr. Pouncey expects to hire a deputy superintendent of school and community support. The position is intended to provide school administrators with a direct link to the district office. Pouncey says hiring a deputy superintendent ensures that board governance is determined and understood correctly. "I think that will link each community with representatives of the board," s...More >>
    Jefferson county superintendent of schools Dr. Craig Pouncey wants to clarify the chain of command within the district. Dr. Pouncey expects to hire a deputy superintendent of school and community support. The position is intended to provide school administrators with a direct link to the district office. Pouncey says hiring a deputy superintendent ensures that board governance is determined and understood correctly. "I think that will link each community with representatives of the board," s...More >>
  • Anniston - Gadsden Area NewsMore>>

  • Suspect in Jacksonville shooting from June turns self in

    Suspect in Jacksonville shooting from June turns self in

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:06 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:06:38 GMT
    Jacksonville police said the suspect in the June shooting of a Calhoun County man turned himself into police Tuesday afternoon.More >>
    Jacksonville police said the suspect in the June shooting of a Calhoun County man turned himself into police Tuesday afternoon.
    More >>
  • Jacksonville man arrested for child pornography

    Jacksonville man arrested for child pornography

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:05 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:05:18 GMT
    William Franklin Harper (Photo: Calhoun County Sheriff's Office)William Franklin Harper (Photo: Calhoun County Sheriff's Office)
    The Alabama Bureau of Investigation’s CyberCrimes Unit arrested a Jacksonville man Tuesday for possession of child pornography.ABI officers served a search warrant at the home of 49-year-old William Franklin Harper. Harper is charged with four counts of possession of child pornography.He is currently in custody at theCalhoun County Jailwith bond setat $100,000 bond.During the search, investigators found methamphetamine. Agents of the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board and the Calhoun Coun...More >>
    The Alabama Bureau of Investigation’s CyberCrimes Unit arrested a Jacksonville man Tuesday for possession of child pornography.ABI officers served a search warrant at the home of 49-year-old William Franklin Harper. Harper is charged with four counts of possession of child pornography.He is currently in custody at theCalhoun County Jailwith bond setat $100,000 bond.During the search, investigators found methamphetamine. Agents of the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board and the Calhoun Coun...More >>
  • Heflin police: North Carolina man arrested with over 8 pounds of marijuana

    Heflin police: North Carolina man arrested with over 8 pounds of marijuana

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 2:04 PM EDT2014-07-22 18:04:33 GMT
    A North Carolina man was arrested Monday after Heflin police found over eight pounds of marijuana in his car during a traffic stop.More >>
    A North Carolina man was arrested Monday after Heflin police found over eight pounds of marijuana in his car during a traffic stop.
    More >>
  • Tuscaloosa Area NewsMore>>

  • Warrants issued to arrest Forkland mayor

    Warrants issued to arrest Forkland mayor

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:24 AM EDT2014-07-22 12:24:52 GMT

    Warrants allege: Theft of Property & Tampering Govt Records

    More >>

    Warrants allege: Theft of Property & Tampering Govt Records

    More >>
  • Tuscaloosa police on the look out for a murder suspect

    Tuscaloosa police on the look out for a murder suspect

    Sunday, July 20 2014 2:21 PM EDT2014-07-20 18:21:54 GMT
    At approximately1:40 am this morning Tuscaloosa Police responded to a reported shooting in the 4700 block of East McFarland Blvd (Motel 6). When officers arrived, they found the victim, 21 year old Jamarcus Marquez Roberts in his vehicle. Roberts had crashed into the shrubs at the entrance to the motel parking lot. Roberts was treated at the scene and transported to DCH-ED, however he died from his injuries. The victim appears to have been shot one time in the chest. Investigators were able t...More >>
    At approximately1:40 am this morning Tuscaloosa Police responded to a reported shooting in the 4700 block of East McFarland Blvd (Motel 6). When officers arrived, they found the victim, 21 year old Jamarcus Marquez Roberts in his vehicle. Roberts had crashed into the shrubs at the entrance to the motel parking lot. Roberts was treated at the scene and transported to DCH-ED, however he died from his injuries. The victim appears to have been shot one time in the chest. Investigators were able t...More >>
  • Tuscaloosa Police investigating a murder on East McFarland Blvd.

    Tuscaloosa Police investigating a murder on East McFarland Blvd.

    Sunday, July 20 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-20 18:09:31 GMT
    Tuscaloosa Police are investigating a murder on East McFarland Blvd. at the Motel 6.  More >>
    Tuscaloosa Police are investigating a murder on East McFarland Blvd. at the Motel 6.  More >>
Most Popular
Stories
Videos
loading...