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Neighborhood works to prevent hotel construction

Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- George Schrader moved to Montgomery's Halcyon Forest neighborhood more than 20 years ago--for the peace and quiet.

Nowadays, you can hear the slight rumble of traffic in the distance.  A new development, however, could mean major changes for this upscale community.

"Two office buildings about 37,000 square feet and 14,000 square feet [will be placed] along [my property] line, Schrader explained.

Neighbors are nervous because the project would be just a few yards away from the community.

Developers want to place a four-story Hyatt Place Hotel along Taylor Road (across from Eastchase) as one part of a multimillion dollar proposal making its way through the city's Planning Commission.

Developers say they're trying to reach some sort of compromise with residents, offering to build a wall and provide building restrictions for other companies looking to move in.

"The developer is committed to have no fast food restaurants on this property, and no restaurant that goes there will have a drive thru window," said John Stanley, a representative for Global Properties, at Thursday's Planning Commission meeting.

Though the new development could potentially bring more business to Montgomery, many residents have serious reservations with a hotel or other businesses springing up in their backyard.

"We don't want an operation that's going to do 24 hours a day, 7 days a week," Schrader said.

With developers trying to build two stories beyond the height limits set by the "B-4" zoning code, homeowners hope the city will vote on their side.

"We're going to oppose changing the zoning and go all the way with it--as far as we can go," Schrader explained.

The city's planning commission hasn't decided yet whether to approve the hotel project.

It's scheduled to come up again November 13th.

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