A Midtown Mobile community group has come out against the planned development at the site of the old Augusta Evans School at the intersection of Florida Street and Old Shell Road, according to a statement.
In the statement, Midtown Mobile Movement said the plans are not “in line with the community’s vision.”
“Publix is known as being committed to community and sustainability and could make a great neighbor in Midtown,” the statement reads. “The developer, MAB American Management LLC’s proposed design for the street and additional retail buildings surrounding Publix does not align with the community’s plan for a walkable and village-like community.”
Midtown Mobile Movement hired urban designers with $65,000 from the city and county to come up with the “Design Old Shell Road” plan. The council also recently adopted the Map for Mobile planning framework.
The group complained that the “multiple strip malls” with multiple drive-throughs and a “massive parking lot” offered in the plan would replace “quaint” shops, according to the statement.
“The citizens of Midtown deserve more than what has been offered,” the statement reads. “We hope to work with MAB to create a design that incorporates elements from our plan including shops facing Old Shell Road and Florida Street with parking located on the street and behind the buildings.”
While the group said it looks forward to welcoming an “appropriately scaled” Publix to the neighborhood, it could not accept the developer’s current design, which doesn’t fit in with “our historic neighborhood, has a negative effect on property values and creates an environment impossible for pedestrians and bikes,” according to the statement.
“We can have development that does not cost us our quality of life,” the statement reads.
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