The Cahaba Homestead Heritage Foundation, Inc., would like to thank the Trussville City Council for setting a constructive tone at the workshop on August 19th. We thank all Trussville residents who attended and all who spoke. It is clear that residents share similar convictions and concerns.
To reiterate what was said in our presentation, the Cahaba Project (a.k.a Slagheap Village, a.k.a. Cahaba Homestead Village) is unique in American history. It is one of its kind in the nation. The vast majority of the homes in the neighborhood are listed by address and by description on the National Register of Historic Places as contributing resources in the historic district. The Cahaba Project is a 1930’s post-Great Depression, New Deal era piece of our American heritage, constructed by the WPA and members of the Greatest Generation of Americans. Beyond the history, the Project’s classic American architectural character and it’s “sense of place” make it extremely unique.
In short, the Cahaba Project is an asset to the City of Trussville. Having a plan for the future of this district can ensure that the character and unique history of the Cahaba Project endures as the neighborhood and the City of Trussville grow and prosper.
Currently, the Trussville Design Review Committee process works as effectively as it is able, but its advisory role falls short of ensuring predictability and confidence as to the future look of the neighborhood.
On Aug. 19, the CHHF stated why a plan for the future of the Cahaba Project is important. RESIDENTS’ INPUT IS NEEDED TO SHAPE THAT PLAN.
WHAT’S NEXT: OUTREACH.
As stated on August 19th, there will be public, private, mail-in, and online options for Trussville residents to submit their ideas for the future of the Cahaba Project. Please stay tuned.
Council Member Perry Cook suggested a date of Dec. 1, 2021, by which to collect feedback from residents and to formulate a plan based on that feedback. While that date is not set in stone, it sounds like a reasonable time frame and date to work toward.
Respectfully, your Trussville neighbor,
Amy Peterson O’Brien
Cahaba Homestead Heritage Foundation, Inc.
The mission of the Cahaba Homestead Heritage Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization, is to support through education, outreach and civic involvement such things that promote, perpetuate and enhance the value of this community as a historic district designated on the National Register of Historic Places.