I moved to Mobile three years ago after retirement, and after a two-year search for the perfect house and location we moved to the peninsula area of Mobile, not far from DIP. Since moving here I’ve joined The Peninsula of Mobile group, and have both worked with Debi Foster directly and been involved with initiatives sponsored by The Peninsula of Mobile.
I share Debi’s desire to see growth in our area, and to make it a better and safer place for all. While folks have commented to me about moving to the DIP area, I have found it to be a safe and friendly place, and its safety has been confirmed by the police crime reports posted on the Nextdoor site. Indeed, talking to the police captain for our area, it was mentioned that a number of the break-ins were actually domestic matters where someone was trying to retrieve their belongings after a separation.
While I cannot knowledgeably comment on the legal issue pertaining to a rezoning of the Heron Landing property (“Mobile subdivision at odds with property owner,” Oct. 27), and understand that some of the issues pertaining to selling the lots have to do with the real estate crash shortly after its purchase, as well as the perception of our area (let me say at this point I would like to see the part of DIP from Interstate 10 to the Dog River Bridge renamed “Peninsula Parkway” to differentiate it from other locations, and to build on its unique environmental habitat), I think that rezoning to become middle-income apartments or, even better, rezoned for condos is an idea that could greatly benefit our area.
If built with the correct amenities, and properly marketed, I feel units could easily be sold or rented to the growing work population at the Brookley Aeroplex. I continually read about new businesses opening there and the number of new jobs being created.
These new apartments would be an easy bike ride to work on the Crepe Myrtle Bike Trail, which is one of the projects strongly promoted by the Peninsula of Mobile group, and one that I have helped clean McNally Park for, and in the past have helped staff the group’s booth.
This past summer we lost both Uncle Jimmy’s Hot Dogs and Miko’s businesses, and are seriously lacking in a decent, non-fast-food restaurant along the parkway. The influx of new tenants to middle-income housing could go a long way toward remedying that.
This is, therefore, the reason I find it perplexing that the Peninsula of Mobile group is not taking sides, as the potential for multi-family units would bring a population increase to our area, make use of the Crepe Myrtle Trail and increase the potential for businesses in our area with the potential for new jobs as well as tax revenue.
If memory serves me well, I have met Mr. Betbeze at some of the Peninsula-sponsored events, and am concerned that the Peninsula Group’s neutrality on the issue may stem from friendship, as opposed to doing what is in our area’s best interest.