Census data shows Chelsea is the third fastest growing city in Alabama
CHELSEA, Ala. (WBRC) – New census data shows that the city of Chelsea is the third fastest growing city in the state, and the city is working hard to ensure growth is manageable.
The mayor said there was actually a short time when Chelsea was the fastest growing city in Alabama.
He said most of the growth was happening among homebuyers, but several projects were underway to support the influx of interest.
“Chelsea is definitely still a place where people want to come and live and raise their families and our city is only getting bigger.” Chelsea Mayor Tony Picklesimer said he was proud of the exponential growth his town is experiencing.
“Most of the growth is of course in residential housing. We have a lot of housing being built on the east end of town, but so do we…there is also a very large development just a mile from City Hall. We have a beautiful way of life. We have a high quality of life. You know we have great schools that we have…you know we are very accessible to Birmingham…everything…all the modern conveniences, all the shops and everything within easy reach of Chelsea,” he explained . .
Mayor Picklesimer said roadwork currently outside of City Hall will reroute Highway 47 and clear traffic jams on Highway 39 from 280.
But that’s not all.
“We have a lighting project going on at 36th and 11th, so keeping up with traffic is a challenge, but Shelby County is doing its best to meet that challenge. We have ongoing infrastructure growth in the city,” Mayor Picklesimer said.
The mayor also supports the city’s creation of its own school system, and Chelsea voters will soon decide to raise their own property taxes to support it.
Opponents said it was too expensive and the city better stick with Shelby County schools, but the mayor disagreed.
“Most of the big cities…all of our neighboring towns Pelham, Alabaster, Leeds, Trussville, all of our neighboring towns have already separated from the county system and formed their school system. This is our chance. I believe our time has come. Now is the time for us to do it and if we can’t do it now I think it could easily be a decade or more before we have another opportunity,” Mayor Picklesimer said.
Chelsea residents will vote on this property tax increase on July 12.
Mayor Picklesimer said that while the city is growing by leaps and bounds, he wants the city to stay true to its “All About Family” motto when making decisions.
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