Auburn City Council discusses new construction development near residential area

Auburn City Council discusses new construction development near residential area

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - The Auburn City Council met Tuesday, Jan. 6 for their first meeting of 2015.

Auburn residents from Ward 2 voiced their opinions Tuesday night about construction set to take place near their homes.

Last month the Auburn City Council tabled a resolution involving a new development located on the corner of Shug Jordan Parkway and North Donahue Drive.

The resolution approving the conditional uses for the development did pass after a lengthy public hearing Tuesday.

Cypress Acquisitions, LLC is heading the project that includes a 40,000 square foot grocery store, a fast food restaurant, gas station and 10,000 square foot retail building.

It has not been announced what retailers are coming to Auburn.

Residents believe the development will diminish their quality of life as well as their property value.

"The grocery store is a permitted use. The only conditional uses being considered is for gas station and fast food restaurant. It is something that fits the corner," explains Philip Dunlap, City of Auburn Director of Economic Development.

"I am asking you to give us a few weeks to work out a reasonable solution for the home owners and the city of Auburn," says Auburn resident Mark Tippins, hoping the resolution would be tabled a second time.

Residents were out in force Tuesday to challenge the approval that the planning commission recommended unanimously.

They are asking for a 400 foot buffer around their property as well a conservation easement for part of the property they feel is undevelopable.

In other council news, last month the city council also tabled a proposed ordinance that would better regulate the app-based company, Uber, and other ride-for-hire companies.

The ordinance was approved Tuesday and requires all drivers for each company needs to maintain commercial insurance policies at all times.

Also, Arkal Automotive located in Auburn Technology Park West will be expanding.

The city is expecting the company will invest $2.5 million over the next two years in new equipment and add 25 new jobs.

The Israeli-based company produces durable plastic parts for the automotive industry and has been in Auburn since 2012.

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