Southwest Birmingham residents concerned about proposed CSX elev - ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports

Southwest Birmingham residents concerned about proposed CSX elevated rail line

Posted: Updated:
Signs protesting the CSX rail line in southwest Birmingham Saturday, June 15, 2013. (abc3340.com) Signs protesting the CSX rail line in southwest Birmingham Saturday, June 15, 2013. (abc3340.com)

Some Southwest Birmingham residents and other concerned citizens are hoping to derail CSX Transportation's plans to add an elevated rail line through a 12 mile stretch.

The group, Citizens for Better Schools and Sustainable Communities, says the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District rejected the CSX Magella Project last year.. but it's back on Monday's agenda.

The Birmingham City council voted in favor of CSX building the elevated rail line in January. Councilman Johnathan Austin says it could go up in the next year or two.

Saturday, residents in the Cooper Green Housing Authority Complex and from other neighborhoods signed a petition to keep this proposal from going up in their area.

People in the Cooper Green Housing Authority Complex.. are worried about how a proposed elevated rail line would affect their health and safety.

Jessica Calhoun.. now one of more than 100 signatures on a petition against it. "For something to be above my head, that is very unsafe. I do not want that to happen at all."

Mildred Allen says "It's going to be a horrible thing for all of us."

"This is a bad proposal for the city." Ronald Jackson says the CSX Magella Project would get rid of a dozen units in this newly renovated public housing community. He's also concerned about public safety and environmental justice. "CSX is an unsafe company and environmental hazard. The EPA has documented that CSX and other railroads chose poor, African American and Latino Communities to run their rail lines. It's a legacy of American rail racism."

Birmingham Councilman Johnathan Austin says the decision was made in the best interest of the city. "What we have to do is do our best to work in unison with them to come up with the best solution which is to have minimal input on our communities, but have maximum investment into our communities. I think we've been able to strike that balance."

But Gwen Calhoun, President of the Grasselli Community wants the public to have a say in the matter before anything goes up. "We don't want our housing values to go down. We don't want our neighborhood turned into a ghost town."

Jackson says his organization will take legal action if the rail line happens. Housing Authority Chairman Raymond Brooks does not want to comment on the issue until after Monday's meeting.

CSX also sent a statement saying it's hopeful the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District will respond favorably to the proposal, which we believes addresses their concerns and provides benefit to the residents of Cooper Green. CSX has agreed to pay fair market value purchase price for the easement and stands by its original good faith offer of 650,000 for community improvements"

  • Anniston - Gadsden Area NewsMore>>

  • Oneonta police need help identifying woman who stole flowers from gravesite (pictures)

    Oneonta police need help identifying woman who stole flowers from gravesite (pictures)

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:55 PM EDT2014-07-23 16:55:33 GMT
    Oneonta police have turned to Facebook in trying to identify a woman who apparently stole flowers from a gravesite at a Oakhill Cemetery on Tuesday.More >>
    Oneonta police have turned to Facebook in trying to identify a woman who apparently stole flowers from a gravesite at a Oakhill Cemetery on Tuesday.
    More >>
  • 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 >>
  • Tuscaloosa Area NewsMore>>

  • Warrants issued to arrest Forkland mayor

    Warrants issued to arrest Forkland mayor

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:46 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:46:27 GMT

    Warrants allege: Theft of Property & Tampering Govt Records

    More >>

    Warrants allege: Theft of Property & Tampering Govt Records

    More >>
  • Forkland mayor surrenders to authorities, charged with felony theft of property

    Forkland mayor surrenders to authorities, charged with felony theft of property

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:35 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:35:20 GMT
    The mayor of Forkland surrendered to the authorities Wednesday to face charges related to the theft of money from the city.More >>
    The mayor of Forkland surrendered to the authorities Wednesday to face charges related to the theft of money from the city.More >>
  • Elderly Tuscaloosa man charged with sexual abuse of 18-year-old woman

    Elderly Tuscaloosa man charged with sexual abuse of 18-year-old woman

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:07 PM EDT2014-07-23 16:07:42 GMT
    Tuscaloosa man, 77, charged with sexual abuse of an 18-year-old woman.More >>
    Tuscaloosa man, 77, charged with sexual abuse of an 18-year-old woman.
    More >>
Most Popular
Stories
Videos
loading...