Townhouse vote postponed

By Jack Madison

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The fight over a proposed development in a Huntsville neighborhood came to a head tonight, but still, no end result.

The Huntsville Planning Commission could have approved the townhouse development at a public meeting Tuesday night.  But after more than two hours, commissioner postponed a decision.

Dozens of residents against Blake Mullins' plan to build ten townhouses from Alabama Street to Pansy Street along Dawn Avenue were there. One after another, they made their case. Many said the development would cause traffic problems and disrupt the feel of the old neighborhood.

Bart Justice said, "I'm a first generation neighborhood resident. But my son, David, who's now 14 months old, he's fourth generation. His great grandparents bought into the original neighborhood."

Mullins' attorney, Robert C. Gammons, said, "My client has fulfilled all the requirements that have been imposed to date, and he stands before you with a project that is authorized by the zoning as it currently is."

The Planning Commissioners decided there needs to be more study, including a traffic study. They had the city's traffic engineer gauge the amount of traffic there last week after the Huntsville Subdivision Committee voted to pass the plans on to the commissioners, but that only took place for two days.

The next chance for the Planning Commission to vote on the project will be December 21st.

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