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Major East Montgomery development project moving forward

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
Residents and developers have come to terms on a controversial project in East Montgomery. 

Plans are finally moving forward after much back and forth over the development.      

Ansley Lakes, a new residential community spanning 800 acres, will be developed on the land between Ray Thorington Road and Park Crossing Boulevard. During a meeting Tuesday night, Montgomery City Council approved final plans for the first phase of the project which includes homes and a retail village at the entrance to the neighborhood..

Plans originally called for a thruway to be created between an existing neighborhood- Thorington Trace- and the new neighborhood.

Residents were worried about traffic near a playground and school bus stop in the area and Aronov agreed to make the change so that traffic won't be able to move through the two neighborhoods. 

Cindy Sapp, President of the Thorington Trace Homeowners' Association, says the original plans would have created a straight shot from Ray Thorington road down into their neighborhood on the main roadway, Hallwood Drive. She praised Aronov for making modifications to their plans based on the feedback they received from the community. 

"I think this is a classic example of a developer bringing in a new neighborhood and working with the older neighborhood and both of us had to give a little bit but both of us have resolved our issues. we hope this is a good sign for what's coming,' she said. 

The change in the access point will have to be approved by the Montgomery planning board and fire department.

Groundbreaking on the first phase of Ansley Lakes is expected to be within the next few months.

Conceptual plans for the entire 800 acre development are in the works and will be presented to the city in the next few months. 

"They're going to get a great amenity with the shopping, they're going to get a great new subdivision. Montgomery is going to continue to grow and have housing for residents that are coming in here so this is one of those win/wins all the way around," Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange said of the project. 

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