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  1. 1

    Deborah Killian Kilgo

    Retail hub, traffic nightmare!

  2. 2

    Jordan Horn

    We can’t even field tenants to occupy our current shopping & strip malls… I don’t know where the idea is coming from that this will be any different.

  3. 3

    Rob Langford

    That’s great! Now if only our city leaders would do something about this horrible traffic!!!!!

  4. 4

    Bob Hicks

    Maybe the stores will be there but how will we get through the traffic to get to the stores?

  5. 5

    Kevin Small

    The down side is the traffic takes away from the convenience.

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    Pennie Pyle

    The traffic is awful now how on earth do you think it will be when these stores open up?!

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    Gwendolyn Wardlow

    Where is this supposed to go up.. Old Kmart?

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    Gwendolyn Wardlow

    Where is this supposed to go up.. Old Kmart?

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    Mike Jay

    Trussville with be the Hoover of the East….I give it 4 years…its growing so fast

  12. 14

    Mike Jay

    Trussville with be the Hoover of the East….I give it 4 years…its growing so fast

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    Shanekia Vashun Mobley

    I am just going to say traffic

  14. 16

    Shanekia Vashun Mobley

    I am just going to say traffic

  15. 17

    Adam Black

    Who cares about a strong economy, being attractive to future residents, and flourishing job opportunities WHEN I CAN COMMUTE ON MY HORSE AND BUGGY TO THE BIG B WITHOUT BEING STOPPED BY A RED LIGHT.

    If anything needs to change about Trussville, it’s the constant complaining from its residents. One day, when the traffic flow situation is being worked on, the same people who are complaining about bad traffic will complain about construction delays. Just wait…

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    Adam Black

    Who cares about a strong economy, being attractive to future residents, and flourishing job opportunities WHEN I CAN COMMUTE ON MY HORSE AND BUGGY TO THE BIG B WITHOUT BEING STOPPED BY A RED LIGHT.

    If anything needs to change about Trussville, it’s the constant complaining from its residents. One day, when the traffic flow situation is being worked on, the same people who are complaining about bad traffic will complain about construction delays. Just wait…

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    Gail Smith Wright

    We have such a traffic problem on Hwy 11 (aka Hwy 140) … cannot imagine how bad it will be when the new shopping center opens. It took me 45 minutes to get out of the Target shopping center one day last week. I went to the Hallmark Store, and because everyone has to go out where there is a light, it took a full 45 minutes to get out of the shopping center, then another half hour to get to North Chalkville Road, where it was still a nightmare before I made it to my home in Kidron! The Pinnacle should never have been approved UNTIL an interstate access was approved. It’s totally stupid to be on I-59 and be able to see the Pinnacle, but can’t get there without driving all the way to Chalkville Rd, down to Hwy 11, then all the way through downtown. It is a total nightmare. I can leave Kidron and be at the Summit in way less time. All my Christmas shopping was done online, except for one item which I thought I would find at the Pinnacle. I didn’t find it, so I just wasted my time. We have so many empty stores around the town because people have discovered it isn’t worth the hassle of traffic. Have lived in Trussville since 1988 and people have complained about the traffic all this time … and it is only getting worse.

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    Gail Smith Wright

    We have such a traffic problem on Hwy 11 (aka Hwy 140) … cannot imagine how bad it will be when the new shopping center opens. It took me 45 minutes to get out of the Target shopping center one day last week. I went to the Hallmark Store, and because everyone has to go out where there is a light, it took a full 45 minutes to get out of the shopping center, then another half hour to get to North Chalkville Road, where it was still a nightmare before I made it to my home in Kidron! The Pinnacle should never have been approved UNTIL an interstate access was approved. It’s totally stupid to be on I-59 and be able to see the Pinnacle, but can’t get there without driving all the way to Chalkville Rd, down to Hwy 11, then all the way through downtown. It is a total nightmare. I can leave Kidron and be at the Summit in way less time. All my Christmas shopping was done online, except for one item which I thought I would find at the Pinnacle. I didn’t find it, so I just wasted my time. We have so many empty stores around the town because people have discovered it isn’t worth the hassle of traffic. Have lived in Trussville since 1988 and people have complained about the traffic all this time … and it is only getting worse.

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    Rob Langford

    Mr. Black it’s called asking our city leaders to plan for the future. It’s called being proactive instead of reactive. Horse and buggy? Really come on man. Do you you really want 11 to turn into 280?

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    Rob Langford

    Mr. Black it’s called asking our city leaders to plan for the future. It’s called being proactive instead of reactive. Horse and buggy? Really come on man. Do you you really want 11 to turn into 280?

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    Adam Black

    I’ve lived in Trussville for 25 years. I went to Hewitt-Trussville K-12. My family chose to continue living here after we left our parent’s houses. I am deeply aware of Trussville and its historical timeline. I get where old time residents are coming from when they feel resistant towards expansion. We lose the “good ol’ Trussville”.

    I’ve talked to so many people who felt that school expansion was a poor decision. Even more so who felt the buy outs of sticks and stuff, marvins, and Food World were bad ideas.

    My opinion is the complete opposite. I am excited to see Trussville take steps towards becoming an economically strong community that ranks on a national stage. I feel that with advancements in the school, attracting great businesses, and remodeling the downtown area to attract young families, we will get to be a part of a thriving community and reap the benefits of it.

    I feel that people are narrow minded to look at “growing pains” as “final outcomes”. I may be proven wrong, but I trust the leaders that we’ve elected to do what’s best for Trussville until I’m proven otherwise.

    My point was that residents of Trussville appear to be very pessimistic, and I wish we would just let elected officials do their jobs. There are many communities in close vicinity that have no intentions of ever expanding. These cities may be attractive to those who are not interested in a growing community.

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    Adam Black

    And I’ll add: Yes, I would love to see 11 turn into 280. I would love to endure a brief moment of congested traffic to see so many employment opportunities. I would gladly welcome one of the most advanced hospitals in the country, and would be thrilled to have a shopping destination like the summit in my community. I would love to see people commute 30-50 miles to shop and eat like they do HWY 280.

    I hate sitting in traffic as much as the next guy, but if their is congested traffic that means there’s a reason. People want to be in our community, and I’m all about that.

  23. 28

    Wade Cox

    What would you rather have Apartments or retail space ??? Both involve growth and more people but the leaders have chosen retail not a bad plan considering there are no apartments in Trussville

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    Mike Jay

    Doesn’t matter…housing price will go down as thr old Trussville move out…they will become desperate and sell their homes for less price

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    Kathy Sills

    AND A TRAFFIC JAM BEYOND BELIEF….there is no excuse for not making a decision about traffic before all this building….the new 280…very sad

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    Tasi Jones

    Lord Jesus! Traffic is going to be horrifying. Too many traffic lights.
    I used to live off Hwy 11.

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    Phillip Cottle

    I lived on 280 for a short while, then moved to Trussville to get away from the traffic. Lived in Trussville 20 years and watched the city grow to what it is now. More retail means more traffic and the nightmare only grows. Welcome to the age of a 2 hour trip just to get milk and bread. With the growth, crime will continue to rise also. The great part is that someone selling the properties for these shopping centers are lining their pockets. There will be new jobs, but retail jobs aren’t on the high end of the pay scale, usually only being a little over minimum wage. I recently moved from Trussville and I could not get the price I wanted for my house and wasn’t asking anymore than I originally built the house for. I hope it works for Trussville but I would like to say, “beware of what you ask for.”

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    Gail Smith Wright

    It’s only a better idea if residents enjoy shopping there and keep the retailers in business. I don’t mind the retail stores, I just think more consideration and planning should be done before adding the new stores. We have been dealing with traffic trying to merge off of Valley Rd onto North Chalkville Rd for so long, and promises are made, but nothing is done to correct it. We have too many businesses with locked in parking lots, so you cannot go from one to the other without driving out into the traffic flow on Hwy 11 or Chalkville Rd. Like I said in an earlier post, I have lived here since 1988 and the exact same problem areas exist today that existed then … and we have created many more impossible situations.

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    Vickie Aldridge

    Everyone is complaining now, but we will be those people shopping at those new stores. It’s how it always goes..

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    Merrie Tanner Golden

    There are apartments in trussville. My grandmother lives in them. They are kind of behind where sticks and stuff was.

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    Merrie Tanner Golden

    I will say this. I don’t live in trussville. I live in springville. We don’t have the traffic that trussville does by any means but we have growing pains, not as bad retail wise but population growth. We welcome all new retail and support all of our local small businesses. I think bad traffic in trussville is a sign of good tax revenue there. It’s one of the reasons yalls schools are so sought after which is also one reason your property value is so high. The only time I have horrible traffic is one weekend on March, November and December because I live behind Homestead Hollow.

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    Ian Maddox

    Love this article and this fine town. Good things happening!

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    Richard Hitchcock

    I believe just the opposite. I live in Brooke’s Crossing. As a, gulp, senior adult I find the increasing convenience of having diverse quality stores within a mile of me to be quite helpful. And the evidence is there that others feel the same way. The problem with Trussville is not the “downtown” shopping but cars driving through town on hwy 11 to get to houses on the east side of town.

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    Richard Hitchcock

    When I moved to Trussville, Hwy 11 was a simple 2 lane highway. The city and DOT were quite visionary in expanding it to 5 lanes which was way more than was needed then. For years people have complained about not having adequate retail businesses here not just for the wages and the ease of getting to quality shops and restaurants but also for the increased tax revenues from the stores. Providing roads and infrastructure to our subdivisions can’t be paid for with property taxes alone. Either we have a moratorium on people moving here (and developer’s building here) or we have responsible growth of our tax base. I like what I’m seeing. And, believe me, we aren’t Hoover or 280. I have an office in Hoover (and I’m building one here in Trussville) and I know the difference. Glad to be here!

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    Richard Hitchcock

    Larger, quality tenants will be a magnet for all.

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    Richard Hitchcock

    Knowing the busy times helps to better plan.

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    Richard Hitchcock

    Most of the time when I leave Brooke’s Crossing it is quite easy even without a traffic light. Now, at 5-7pm I know it will be tough. Too many cars using hwy 11 as a conduit from I-459 to east Trussville (Carrington et al.) Day in and day out, I believe the major traffic jams have more to do with housing than retail.

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    Jordan Horn

    The current tenants being advertised are not those (with the exception of Hobby Lobby… maybe)… At this point, we should fear cannibalization, which (coupled with the traffic problem) would decrease the quality of both shopping centers. If sales are being eaten into with a big box retail competitor within walking distance, those larger quality tenant still won’t stay for long.

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    William Kennedy

    And with that, Highway 11 becomes 280. Congratulations.

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    William Kennedy

    And with that, Highway 11 becomes 280. Congratulations.

  41. 48

    Sondra Martin

    Higher revenue means better schools. Better schools mean housing prices go up. Go, TVille!

  42. 49

    Sondra Martin

    The land for the exit to the Pinnacle belongs to Birmingham. Birmingham gets no revenue from the Pinnacle, so has no interest in an exit.

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    Gail Smith Wright

    Then, perhaps we put the shopping center in the wrong place. Years before the shopping center went in, we were told that it was going to go off Deerfoot, which would have made it easier to access from the interstate. If the developers could buy the land for the shopping center, looks to me that they could have bought enough for an interstate ramp nearby. That would also take a lot of the traffic off of some other problem areas.

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    Garth Jensen

    Great let’s make traveling threw trussville more of a cluster fuck

  45. 52

    Brenda Graves

    Where is this going to be

  46. 53

    Cheryl Alphin Mathews

    I think Trussville is doing a great job with a balance of retail and hometown feel.

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    Scott Buttram

    If you live in Trussville and you’re complaining about the holiday shopping traffic, you might be the type person who would complain if Santa Claus showed up at your house and paid your mortgage for a year.

    Seriously, think about this. About 65% of the city’s general fund comes from sales tax. The vast majority of that tax is paid by people that don’t live in Trussville, but come here to shop.

    The Trussville schools? You know, the ones that make your home more and more valuable every year? The sales tax paid by the good folks that shop here is worth between $6-7 million every year for the schools which makes your house is worth more money.

    So, that traffic you’re complaining about is paying for your police, your fire department, your roads (even the ones that aren’t crowded), your parks, your schools and pretty mush everything else you enjoy so you don’t have to.

    If you live in Trussville, maybe you should think about standing on Highway 11 next year with a giant “Thank You” sign in your hand. Or, better yet, write it on the back window of your SUV so visitors will see it while you’re sitting in traffic reading Facebook on your phone. It’ll make you feel better.

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    Sami Anthony Smothers

    What are you talking about? Apartments, town homes and joined slab homes are in Trussville. They have been since I can remember. I’m 38

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    Tammy Delaney

    Since it was built, I have wondered: why didn’t they build a flyover connecting the I59 side of trussville into the pinnacle, (similar to the galleria), this idea seems like it would relieve some of the traffic stress on hwy 11.

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    Jennifer Chinnis Lawley

    I excited for the new retailers! Hwy 11 will never be 280, that’s a huge overstatement to even say that. We will never be Centerpoint, these retailers are a more upscale than that. Sure, we are only 15 minutes to the summit, but it’s another 20 once you turn in, to get to the store you would like and find a decent parking space. People will complain about anything. Just stop, and try to find the good.

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    Chad Perry

    From Carrington, we completely avoid the other (retail) end of highway 11. It’s easier for many of us to shop outside of Trussville with jobs that commute. If access had been created (the first story we heard from leaders) I believe there wouldn’t have been so many empty stores at the Pinnacle. Highway 11 can’t accommodate that much traffic in the day to day.

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    Chuck Biddinger

    I stopped complaining and moved out of Trussville. You are wrong Trussville from 459 to Argo will be worst than 280 in a few short years.

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    Chuck Biddinger

    We move out of Trussville in April. We had no kids in school and we needed to downsize. I got very tired of the traffic on highway 11 and Chalkville Mt, road.

    We moved to the Clay area. We can go the back roads to the old K-mart area and Chick-fil-A and Big Lots.

    We can get off of 459 and go to Lowe’s and our Mexican Restaurant. Travel only a mile up Hwy11 to get to Login’s and Home Depot.

    I see not need to ever use Hwy 11 between 459 and downtown Trussville. I see not need to use Chalkville Mt Rd. between I59 and Hwy. 11.

    Since we purchase stuff at The Pig, Dollar General in Clay and Publix in Trussville we have it made. Most stuff normal folks buy at retail stores, we buy on-line. Amazon, Jet, etc.

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    Chuck Biddinger

    No I would NOT complain if Santa Claus showed up and paid my bills. This has zero to do with the Trussville traffic!

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    Chuck Biddinger

    It would help Tammy, but Trussville does not care about the traffic. They only care about news taxes so they have more money to spend.

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    Shelbi Nicolle

    I’m just wondering why we need 4 mattress stores within a .5 mile strip. It’s annoying. Two of them are the same exact dang store! With NO ONE in the parking lot! Who approved this crap??? You only buy a mattress every 8 years

  57. 67

    Daniel Courington

    Private property. It’s no one’s to approve or disapprove.

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    Jennifer Chinnis Lawley

    More power to you. I appreciate progress and love Trussville.

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    Jill Faucett Clark

    I live north of Pinson and Drive to Fultondale to shop. The distance is further but the trip is quicker because you aren’t stuck in the quagmire of traffic. Sorry, Trussville-You failed to plan.

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    Andrew Delorme

    One place i would love trussville to get is a Dave and Busters

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    Shone Foley Waite

    Perfectly stated, Scott Scott Buttram!!!

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    Annette Stansell

    In response to the above Center Point comment, it’s true Trussville’s schools & businesses will never be Center Point , however, it’s obvious that the parents & grandparents that onced moved from Center Point, Roebuck, East Lake to Trussville didn’t make them or their offsprings better people. Trussville businesses/shopping centers cannot financially survive without their good neighbors.

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    Sondra Martin

    Developers did not buy the land, they leased it from the Trammell family. It was already flat and had access from highway 11. It was cheaper to lease it and not have to do the excavation off Deerfoot. It was also at the junction of I-459 and I-59. My brother in law was on the team that developed that land initially.

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    Sondra Martin

    Please don’t misrepresent the facts. The city of Birmingham owns that land. They receive no revenue from the mall, so why would they be interested in putting up money to ease our congestion. Believe it or not, this was addressed by the original developer when the mall was built.

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    Kathy Sills

    We are also the traffic hub of the southeast

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    Kathy Sills

    You can call them whatever you want…but adjoined houses are apartments….we had a trailer park forever …many students went to HT….and velmas…much better then……MUCH

  69. 79

    Alex Davis

    This mall looks tiny when you are passing it on Gadsden highway, the parking lot space looks like it’s going to be even worse..

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    Arlene Sanders

    Wish Pinson would get a big shopping center

  71. 81

    Sabrina Millwee Meeks

    Please work on the traffic problems!!!!!!!!!

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    Tammy Delaney

    Maybe someone at the community meetings could propose the idea… just a thought.

  73. 83

    Chris Goodwin

    Where Hooters is Irondale

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    Misti Stupp Garrison

    I don’t really understand the traffic complaints. It’s busy during rush hour on a major road. Is that really a surprise? I live in Carrington, work in Mountain Brook (off 280) and my commute each way is 35 to 45 minutes depending on traffic. I have lived and travelled in places that are much much worse. I think as Trussville residents we should really start trying to see all of the good that’s going on versus focusing on the growing pains. By the way, I’m from New York and I chose Trussville when I moved here a couple of years ago because of the schools and I did my homework before chosing where to live. That has to tell you something. This truly is a great community. I’m still very happy with our decision. ☺

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    Ian Maddox

    Yes! Tax base must come from somewhere. City’s are like businesses; you are either moving forwards or backwards, you cannot stand still for long. It’s the proverbial “chicken or the egg”. Infrastructure (new roads) cost money but very few are willing to pay more in taxes so bring on the business. And, yes, I agree that if folks want to compare 280 to Highway 11 they must not travel 280 often. Yikes!!!!

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    Ian Maddox

    Chuck Biddinger with all due respect sir, if you moved why do you care or comment.

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    Shannon VanderWall Dean

    Stores are closing at the Pinnacle and yet they build more. Thats what I don’t understand. Empty stores don’t do much to help the look of a city.

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