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Residents sound off on East Montgomery development project

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Residents continue to express their concerns over a planned new development in East Montgomery which some homeowners fear could lower their property values.

Commercial space and residential neighborhoods are planned for Ray Thorington Road, not far from Deer Creek.

On Thursday night, Deer Creek residents showed up at the Montgomery Planning Commission meeting to let their opinions be heard over the rezoning of 135 acres which would allow for what's being called a commercial village as well as smaller size single family homes on smaller plots.

Property owners and developers have met with Deer Creek residents and others in the area, about what will be in the commercial space, taking gas stations, motels and automotive repair spots off their project list. Residents also made it clear they don't want to see drive thru restaurants near their neighborhoods. 

Residents also concerned about traffic and that the new housing will adversely affect the value of their homes.

The planning board granted zoning approval for the project plans to move forward. 

"We've described something to the neighbors, something that we think will be a great addition to the area. It'll be a mix of residential uses with what we call village retail what we think is going to be an exciting development for East Montgomery," said Jake Aronov with Aronov Realty who has partnered with Thorington Road Properties on the project. 

Key members on the Montgomery mayor's staff told WSFA that the new housing development and commercial village East Montgomery is "great news and exactly what the city's growth plan calls for."

When the area between Taylor Road and Ray Thorington Road is finished it will be home to 25,000 families

Aronov and Thorington Road Properties are working on providing the city with a development plan and more specific details in the near future. 

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