Council moves forward with effort to rezone site of proposed Sherman Industries concrete facility
PRESS RELEASE Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Contact: Cody Owens
Following a brief discussion, the Birmingham City Council unanimously approved a resolution to initiate the rezoning of the property where Sherman Industries has proposed to build a concrete batching facility.
The issue has been a focal point of Council discussions in recent weeks after it became known that the company applied for air pollution permits for the property with the Jefferson County Department of Health. Sherman Industries is looking to move their facility from downtown to Five Points West, an issue that Councilor Steven Hoyt has been vocally opposed to.
The resolution that was passed on Tuesday will initiate the process of rezoning the property. According to representatives with the Office of the City Attorney, a public hearing will be held at the appropriate time once the other steps in the rezoning process are completed.
“This is to start the process of rezoning the property and I think it’s important that the Council supports this effort,” Hoyt said. “I appreciate the Mayor and my colleagues for supporting the wishes of the people in District 8 and the surrounding area. It’s important we address this issue of environmental racism head on and not defer our moral obligations to speak up for the people whose lives will be impacted by this.”
Hoyt, who is the chair of the Council’s Planning and Zoning Committee, said the city will continue to go through the standard process of rezoning following the passage of the resolution, though there was no timeline immediately available.
“I just want people to know that we hear you and we are here for you,” Hoyt said. “We’re going to continue to fight back against any and all acts of environmental racism in our communities. And today I think we’ve made it clear that we intend to fight this with everything we have.”