Council passes resolution opposing proposed concrete facility near the CrossPlex
PRESS RELEASE Tuesday April 30, 2019
Contact: Cody Owens
Birmingham, AL — During the Birmingham City Council’s first evening meeting of 2019, the body passed a resolution opposing the relocation of a Sherman Industries concrete facility to Five Points West.
Councilor Steven Hoyt, who represents District 8 where the proposed facility would be located, has been vocally opposed to the project and encouraged residents to attend Tuesday’s meeting to have their voices be heard.
“It is my firm belief that this will further impede the quality of life for residents in District 8,” Hoyt said. “This company was asked to relocate from downtown because the potential environmental impacts. The residents in the Five Points West area need to be included in this project and deserve more transparency. So far that has not been the case…This is what I would consider to be textbook environmental racism and I won’t stand for it.”
Five Points West Neighborhood President Dora Sims spoke during Tuesday’s meeting and urged city leaders to involve residents in the process of the proposed concrete facility.
“Mayor Woodfin said we will have a town hall meeting to share our concerns with Sherman Industries,” Sims said. “Our community wants a chance to share our concerns and get more details about this project. Birmingham has one of the highest air pollution rates in the country. The A.G. Gaston Boys and Girls Club, the CrossPlex are located right there and we’re concerned about how this would affect the air quality in our community.”
During the meeting, Mayor Randall Woodfin announced that the Jefferson County Department of Health (JCDH) will be holding a public hearing regarding the permit application from Sherman Industries as a result of the neighborhood opposition. That JCDH public hearing will be held at the CrossPlex at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2019.
Woodfin confirmed the City will be setting up a meeting between Sherman Industries and residents. The date for that town hall meeting has not been set.