What's the Future of the Head Elementary School Property?


By Ashley Thompson

Head Elementary School in Montgomery has sat vacant for almost three years and now with the Flip's Restaurant at the corner of Perry Hill Road and Atlanta Highway out of business, some are concerned that that part of town may get neglected.

But Councilman Richard Bollinger says there are big plans for that area.

Rhea Wynn is president of the Bellehurst Homeowner's Association. She says residents in her neighborhood are anxious for the Head Elementary School property to turn into something but not the neighborhood Wal-Mart that's rumored to be coming.

"Obviously we don't want a Wal-mart, for traffic reasons, for safety reasons."

Other residents tells us a neighborhood Wal-mart, which primarily sells food, may cause surrounding grocery stores, like Winn-Dixie to close.

"You've got a lot of folks that go to Wal-mart and I normally go there myself if I don't go here," says Frank Green. 

Councilman Richard Bollinger tells us he recently met with the McClintons, the family that owns the property and says plans for a neighborhood Wal-Mart are not etched in stone.

"They said we'd like to probably go ahead and take it down without them and bring some retail and some other things here."

The old Screw's Armory next to the vacant school will soon be a park. And Bollinger says with Flip's Uptown Grill now out of business, there are plans to revitalize the area on the other side of the school as well.

"That gives the city a chance to realign that intersection right there with the Del Raida intersection part right here, so that's going to make the traffic flow so much better. Change all this right through here, it just gives a freshness to the whole side of the street."

Residents in the area have some ideas about what they'd like to see.

"Starbucks maybe," says Meredith Bishop. "We have enough shopping."

"Maybe some type of Starbucks or something like that, that would face the park and make it aesthetically pleasing for the neighborhood," Wynn says.

There will definitely be retail coming to the property but we're still not sure what the main anchor store will be. Many do not want a Wal-mart and Bollinger says he's aware of that. He says he wants to bring in something new that helps the surrounding stores.



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