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Name not shown inside Area West of Rocky Ridge February 21, 2018, 3:20 PM

I am concerned about the Shell station on Hwy 31 by Publix. They are, once again, lining up cars around the edges of their parking lot. Sometimes they are two or three deep. This looks trashy and is not the appearance we desire to represent VH on our main thoroughfare. It is also very dangerous. Emergency vehicles would not be able to get in and it is often times difficult to maneuver if you want to purchase gasoline. Please speak to the owners.

Sharon Heller inside Area West of Rocky Ridge February 19, 2018, 10:21 PM

It would be great for Vestavia to consider building outdoor Pickleball courts. Pickleball has become extremely popular in Birmingham and throughout the US. It’s a sport for all ages. We desperately need more dedicated places to play outside. Currently there are only 2 courts at Heardmont. Would love to talk more about this to the planning committee.

Name not shown inside Area West of Rocky Ridge February 19, 2018, 4:20 PM

Wald Park Improvements – $15,429,766 (estimate): Renovate Exchange Field to multi-purpose field; upgrade ballfield facilities; construct Miracle Field & multipurpose field; inclusive playground; 2 greenspaces & dog park; 8 new tennis courts & pavilion; new pool & clubhouse
This is a well used facility and could definitely use an update. Community has been screaming for a new pool for a long time. Love having a dog park there and the inclusive playground.


Community Building (formerly Gold's Gym) – $15,270,390 (estimate): Renovation & expansion of building to include multi-purpose meeting/event space, tenant space and athletic space (basketball courts)
This would be my first priority. The City has long been in need of good multi-purpose meeting/event spaces and new basketball courts. Being next door to City Hall and the outdoor event space is a plus.


Cahaba Heights Ballfield Reconstruction – $7,398,815 (estimate): Extensive renovation of entire complex to include construction of new fields, press box/concessions, inclusive playground & parking areas
This would be the lowest priority for me.


Crosshaven Drive, Phase I & II – $4,611,000 (estimate): Sidewalk construction; road widening
Lower priority



Sidewalk Construction – $2,500,000 (estimate): Priority is being placed on East St and commercial sidewalk connectivity in the Cahaba Hts and Rocky Ridge areas.
Medium priority.


Residential Street Resurfacing – $2,200,000 (estimate): Paving of 20 miles of poorly rated streets
Higher priority


Storm Water Infrastructure – $550,000 (estimate): Replacement of public pipes
Infrastructure seems like it should be a priority for the community.


New Merkel House – $500,000 (estimate): Evaluate, design and construct improvements to the New Merkel House via renovation, construction of an addition, or rebuild of current structure
While I don't use this facility, I understand it gets a good big of use from seniors. Would give this a higher priority.

Becky Hicks inside Area West of Rocky Ridge February 19, 2018, 2:42 PM

Wald Park Improvements – $15,429,766 (estimate): Renovate Exchange Field to multi-purpose field; upgrade ballfield facilities; construct Miracle Field & multipurpose field; inclusive playground; 2 greenspaces & dog park; 8 new tennis courts & pavilion; new pool & clubhouse
This will be an excellent improvement to our community. Our premier school system draws families here and an upgraded Wald Park will only enhance their overall experience.


Community Building (formerly Gold's Gym) – $15,270,390 (estimate): Renovation & expansion of building to include multi-purpose meeting/event space, tenant space and athletic space (basketball courts)
Vestavia Hills has long needed a nice community building with a professional appeal, and this proposed facility will give us just that.


Cahaba Heights Ballfield Reconstruction – $7,398,815 (estimate): Extensive renovation of entire complex to include construction of new fields, press box/concessions, inclusive playground & parking areas
My feelings about the Cahaba Heights Ballfield Reconstruction are the same as Wald Park. I feel it will be an excellent improvement to our community. Our premier school system draws families here and upgrading the Cahaba Heights Complex will only enhance their overall experience.


Crosshaven Drive, Phase I & II – $4,611,000 (estimate): Sidewalk construction; road widening
This project is long overdue and very much needed.


Sidewalk Construction – $2,500,000 (estimate): Priority is being placed on East St and commercial sidewalk connectivity in the Cahaba Hts and Rocky Ridge areas.
This project is also long overdue and very much needed.


Residential Street Resurfacing – $2,200,000 (estimate): Paving of 20 miles of poorly rated streets
Everyone will appreciate resurfaced streets. A city as nice as Vestavia Hills should have good roads and streets.


Storm Water Infrastructure – $550,000 (estimate): Replacement of public pipes
Sometimes it is what you cannot see that matters most. You do not want to put off replacing public pipes until they are needed because then it is too late and the cleanup can be more costly.


New Merkel House – $500,000 (estimate): Evaluate, design and construct improvements to the New Merkel House via renovation, construction of an addition, or rebuild of current structure
Seniors are an important fiber in the tapestry that is Vestavia Hills. New Merkel House gives pleasure to so many and it needs to be properly maintained and preserved.

Name not shown outside Residential Areas February 19, 2018, 2:06 PM

Wald Park Improvements – $15,429,766 (estimate): Renovate Exchange Field to multi-purpose field; upgrade ballfield facilities; construct Miracle Field & multipurpose field; inclusive playground; 2 greenspaces & dog park; 8 new tennis courts & pavilion; new pool & clubhouse
Pretty good plan. Parking seems pretty thin. Would like to see a GREAT playground area and GREAT green spaces and a nice water structure for the pool, not just lanes for the swim team. The pool needs to be a community pool that let's families enjoy it and kids to play....or get rid of it if only for the team...then use the space for something else like parking. The focus of this park needs to be quality. For $15M in improvements it needs to WOW.


Community Building (formerly Gold's Gym) – $15,270,390 (estimate): Renovation & expansion of building to include multi-purpose meeting/event space, tenant space and athletic space (basketball courts)
This is good but needs some sort of physical and aesthetic connection to the city hall lawn space so that it can seem like one quality space and get people walking between the areas.


Cahaba Heights Ballfield Reconstruction – $7,398,815 (estimate): Extensive renovation of entire complex to include construction of new fields, press box/concessions, inclusive playground & parking areas
This is pretty good but there is a practice field at the top of a hill where additional parking could be.


Crosshaven Drive, Phase I & II – $4,611,000 (estimate): Sidewalk construction; road widening
OK.


Sidewalk Construction – $2,500,000 (estimate): Priority is being placed on East St and commercial sidewalk connectivity in the Cahaba Hts and Rocky Ridge areas.
Rocky Ridge has less connectivity than CH does. Why are we building more sidewalks in CH when it is already so walk-able, where Rocky Ridge needs arguably more help with that? I have lived in both places and if we still lived in CH we'd have bikes for the family but since we can't go anywhere except our neighborhood we just have bikes for the kids. Kind of disappointing since we'd love to bike places along Rocky Ridge and down to the retail center. Plus can we do something about crosswalks with pedestrian signals at Morgan Rd and Rocky Ridge? You take your life into your hands trying to cross RR at that intersection or RR in general.


Residential Street Resurfacing – $2,200,000 (estimate): Paving of 20 miles of poorly rated streets
OK.


Storm Water Infrastructure – $550,000 (estimate): Replacement of public pipes
OK but the budget is probably too low here. You could easily double that and not hit a quarter of the projects that are needed. Hopefully this is an annual appropriation.


New Merkel House – $500,000 (estimate): Evaluate, design and construct improvements to the New Merkel House via renovation, construction of an addition, or rebuild of current structure
OK.

Name not shown inside Area West of Rocky Ridge February 19, 2018, 12:21 PM

Wald Park Improvements – $15,429,766 (estimate): Renovate Exchange Field to multi-purpose field; upgrade ballfield facilities; construct Miracle Field & multipurpose field; inclusive playground; 2 greenspaces & dog park; 8 new tennis courts & pavilion; new pool & clubhouse
This is so important to keeping Vestavia Hills at the forefront of beautiful and useful community activities. The Wald Park ball fields need to be upgraded as they are aging and in need of new state of the art facilities to be viable for future use. The Miracle field will be excellent and will serve special needs children into the future. Greenspaces including a dog park are very much needed in order to attract citizens and new comers to our beautiful city. I have played tennis on these old courts in the past and they are desperately in need of a complete transformation along with the neighboring pool and clubhouse. Time has taken a toll on all of these facilities.


Community Building (formerly Gold's Gym) – $15,270,390 (estimate): Renovation & expansion of building to include multi-purpose meeting/event space, tenant space and athletic space (basketball courts)
This will be an excellent addition to the City of Vestavia Hills as currently it is difficult to find multi-purpose meeting space convenient and available in the City. The current Civic Center has more than passed its prime and yet is used by many groups within the City that could transition nicely to the new Community building. New, expanded and upgraded areas within the Community Building are greatly needed and will tie in well with the recently opened City Hall Administration building.


Cahaba Heights Ballfield Reconstruction – $7,398,815 (estimate): Extensive renovation of entire complex to include construction of new fields, press box/concessions, inclusive playground & parking areas
I am sure these fields need renovation but I am not able to comment as I do not live in that part of the city and have only seen parts of the ball field area during the Back to School in the Hills event.


Crosshaven Drive, Phase I & II – $4,611,000 (estimate): Sidewalk construction; road widening
I feel like we are making progress with ongoing sidewalk construction and recommend keeping the current pace and schedule as is planned. Road widening is definitely needed where it has been proven to improve flow and safety for consumer traffic.


Sidewalk Construction – $2,500,000 (estimate): Priority is being placed on East St and commercial sidewalk connectivity in the Cahaba Hts and Rocky Ridge areas.
Current prioritization is fine from my perspective.


Residential Street Resurfacing – $2,200,000 (estimate): Paving of 20 miles of poorly rated streets
Continued scheduling of road resurfacing is fine as I know we make progress in this area every year.


Storm Water Infrastructure – $550,000 (estimate): Replacement of public pipes
Storm Water pipe replacement is a must wherever and when it is needed as this is a critical component of infrastructure.


New Merkel House – $500,000 (estimate): Evaluate, design and construct improvements to the New Merkel House via renovation, construction of an addition, or rebuild of current structure
I know the Senior Citizens use this location quite frequently and it definitely needs some upgraded amenities. This and the new Community Building will be an excellent addition for all the new meeting and event spaces that would be used by everyone in the City of Vestavia Hills.

Name not shown inside Cahaba Heights February 19, 2018, 11:34 AM

Wald Park Improvements – $15,429,766 (estimate): Renovate Exchange Field to multi-purpose field; upgrade ballfield facilities; construct Miracle Field & multipurpose field; inclusive playground; 2 greenspaces & dog park; 8 new tennis courts & pavilion; new pool & clubhouse
This is a high price tag. It certainly offers a lot, especially the Miracle Field and the inclusive playground. I would want to know whether the City has enough in reserves to fund this before all basic capital needs are met (stormwater, paving, etc.). If all of those needs can be met, then I think this is probably behind CH fields in priority, but a valid use of resources.


Community Building (formerly Gold's Gym) – $15,270,390 (estimate): Renovation & expansion of building to include multi-purpose meeting/event space, tenant space and athletic space (basketball courts)
I think this is too high an expense for too little ROI. If the VHBOE completes the purchase of the Gresham Elementary property, we'll be adding basketball courts at Berry and Gresham to the City. We'll also be able to shift the basketball court at Central for use by Parks & Rec on a more permanent basis. That will free up the Rec Center court for more use by the community.


Cahaba Heights Ballfield Reconstruction – $7,398,815 (estimate): Extensive renovation of entire complex to include construction of new fields, press box/concessions, inclusive playground & parking areas
This seems like a great value-added way to improve a facility that many people in the community use.


Crosshaven Drive, Phase I & II – $4,611,000 (estimate): Sidewalk construction; road widening
This should be a priority.


Sidewalk Construction – $2,500,000 (estimate): Priority is being placed on East St and commercial sidewalk connectivity in the Cahaba Hts and Rocky Ridge areas.
This should be a priority.


Residential Street Resurfacing – $2,200,000 (estimate): Paving of 20 miles of poorly rated streets
This should be a priority.


Storm Water Infrastructure – $550,000 (estimate): Replacement of public pipes
This should be a priority.


New Merkel House – $500,000 (estimate): Evaluate, design and construct improvements to the New Merkel House via renovation, construction of an addition, or rebuild of current structure
I would place New Merkel House re-design behind the Wald Park area in order of importance. It would be nice to have, but the basics of City life (roads, stormwater, etc.) need to be the priority.

Name not shown inside Cahaba Heights February 19, 2018, 11:11 AM

Wald Park Improvements – $15,429,766 (estimate): Renovate Exchange Field to multi-purpose field; upgrade ballfield facilities; construct Miracle Field & multipurpose field; inclusive playground; 2 greenspaces & dog park; 8 new tennis courts & pavilion; new pool & clubhouse
I grew up swimming for Vestavia Swim Association and know first hand how out of date these facilities are, however I think this is a high price tag for this issue. The restrooms at the pool are in horrible shape but I would think these improvements could be phased in over time.


Community Building (formerly Gold's Gym) – $15,270,390 (estimate): Renovation & expansion of building to include multi-purpose meeting/event space, tenant space and athletic space (basketball courts)
This would be on the bottom of my list, This building has never seemed to have easy access to me.


Cahaba Heights Ballfield Reconstruction – $7,398,815 (estimate): Extensive renovation of entire complex to include construction of new fields, press box/concessions, inclusive playground & parking areas
In worse shape than Wald Park. All of Cahaba Heights desperately needs attention. There is so much development potential in this neighborhood, having ball fields and a playground in walking distance to take my young family to would be wonderful.


Crosshaven Drive, Phase I & II – $4,611,000 (estimate): Sidewalk construction; road widening
I live in Cahaba Heights and I run daily. I have had dangerous encounters with vehicles at all times of days on the roads in our neighborhood, I wear reflective vests and as much safety gear as possible, but sidewalks are desperately needed and would increase my families enjoyment of our city. We also would love the ability to safely walk to dinner or breakfast in the shops down the street.


Sidewalk Construction – $2,500,000 (estimate): Priority is being placed on East St and commercial sidewalk connectivity in the Cahaba Hts and Rocky Ridge areas.
I live in cahaba heights and I run daily. I have had dangerous encounters with vehicles at all times of days on the roads in our neighborhood, I wear reflective vests and as much safety gear as possible, but sidewalks are desperately needed and would increase my families enjoyment of our city. We also would love the ability to safely walk to dinner or breakfast in the shops down the street.


Residential Street Resurfacing – $2,200,000 (estimate): Paving of 20 miles of poorly rated streets
This is needed but not as much as road/sidewalk improvements in Cahaba Heights


Storm Water Infrastructure – $550,000 (estimate): Replacement of public pipes
Seems like this could be done on a case by case basis instead of a large scale replacement.


New Merkel House – $500,000 (estimate): Evaluate, design and construct improvements to the New Merkel House via renovation, construction of an addition, or rebuild of current structure
This house has always struck me as out of place. Seems like it would be much better suited as a library or addition to Cahaba Heights Elementary. It is my understanding that this is a senior center, but it seems a senior center would be better off in a one story building than this two story location with difficult parking.

Name not shown inside Area West of Rocky Ridge February 19, 2018, 10:35 AM

Wald Park Improvements – $15,429,766 (estimate): Renovate Exchange Field to multi-purpose field; upgrade ballfield facilities; construct Miracle Field & multipurpose field; inclusive playground; 2 greenspaces & dog park; 8 new tennis courts & pavilion; new pool & clubhouse
I am very curious to see what the final plan is for the pool.The tennis courts being all close together would be nice. Not sure how you make the hill by the playground "greenspace" that is usable but it would be nice if you could.


Community Building (formerly Gold's Gym) – $15,270,390 (estimate): Renovation & expansion of building to include multi-purpose meeting/event space, tenant space and athletic space (basketball courts)
I think this is an excellent expenditure. I would be curious to know which groups will be allowed to use the facilities and at what cost. What happens to the existing Civic Center in this scenario?


Cahaba Heights Ballfield Reconstruction – $7,398,815 (estimate): Extensive renovation of entire complex to include construction of new fields, press box/concessions, inclusive playground & parking areas
I have no opinion on baseball.


Crosshaven Drive, Phase I & II – $4,611,000 (estimate): Sidewalk construction; road widening
Does not affect me but apparently people in Cahaba Heights feel this is important.


Sidewalk Construction – $2,500,000 (estimate): Priority is being placed on East St and commercial sidewalk connectivity in the Cahaba Hts and Rocky Ridge areas.
I do not know where East Street is but sidewalks on Rocky Ridge would be nice.


Residential Street Resurfacing – $2,200,000 (estimate): Paving of 20 miles of poorly rated streets
ABSOLUTELY!!! There are so many residential streets in disrepair. Particularly Twin Branch/Winwood area.


New Merkel House – $500,000 (estimate): Evaluate, design and construct improvements to the New Merkel House via renovation, construction of an addition, or rebuild of current structure
New Merkle House could use some outdoor lighting and signage for sure. The upstairs could definitely be renovated to make better use of the space.

Ward Neely inside Area West of Rocky Ridge February 19, 2018, 10:32 AM

Wald Park Improvements – $15,429,766 (estimate): Renovate Exchange Field to multi-purpose field; upgrade ballfield facilities; construct Miracle Field & multipurpose field; inclusive playground; 2 greenspaces & dog park; 8 new tennis courts & pavilion; new pool & clubhouse
Upgrades to existing facilities are great. We don't need a dog park for a suburban community. The exchange field is in a prime retail position. Why not offer that up as a development opportunity to further boost the tax roll?


Community Building (formerly Gold's Gym) – $15,270,390 (estimate): Renovation & expansion of building to include multi-purpose meeting/event space, tenant space and athletic space (basketball courts)
I think it would be foolish to take a tax generating business off the revenue roll and convert it to public space. We also paid WAY too much money for this property. The city was con'ed into buying at a prime investment grade price for what could've been bought for a fraction of the price when we actually needed it. Instead we are stuck with a monster of an issue where no solution can be achieved without spending massive amounts of money.


Cahaba Heights Ballfield Reconstruction – $7,398,815 (estimate): Extensive renovation of entire complex to include construction of new fields, press box/concessions, inclusive playground & parking areas
Looks good to me.


Crosshaven Drive, Phase I & II – $4,611,000 (estimate): Sidewalk construction; road widening
Looks good to me.


Sidewalk Construction – $2,500,000 (estimate): Priority is being placed on East St and commercial sidewalk connectivity in the Cahaba Hts and Rocky Ridge areas.
Much needed.


Residential Street Resurfacing – $2,200,000 (estimate): Paving of 20 miles of poorly rated streets
This is needed, but so is proper monitoring of utility company destruction of existing streets. Alagasco/Spire has destroyed the streets during their replacement of gas lines.


Storm Water Infrastructure – $550,000 (estimate): Replacement of public pipes
Much needed.


New Merkel House – $500,000 (estimate): Evaluate, design and construct improvements to the New Merkel House via renovation, construction of an addition, or rebuild of current structure
It's important to have a long term plan for senior facilities. As long as this isnt a quick fix, I am fine with it.