Crestwood neighbors concerned for possible Trinity move


Trinity Hospital's plan to move to Highway 280 have sparked lots of discussion. It has spent days in courtrooms and became the center of endless debates, but city leaders and the people who live near the hospital's campus say the greatest impact will be felt by the community it's leaving behind."Without these people coming in, it's going to be a big impact to us," Brent McClure, Owner, McClure Trading Company said.The McClure family opened the doors of their antique shop in Crestwood on July 4th.{}"The loss of my job and we're trying to find out something - and I said, let's give this a try!" McClure said.It's one of dozens of businesses who say they rely on the Trinity {}nurses, doctors, and patient's families for business."During their lunch hours or when they get off or before they go to work, they're doing shopping and it brings a lot of tax money into the area," McClure said.And just down the street inside the Crestwood Coffee Company, you'll find all types of opinions..."It's easy access for those of us in this part of town who would have an emergency and I think it would have a ripple effect to other businesses, doctor's offices and other neighborhoods as far as being appealing," Linda Searby, Crestwood resident said."I've been indifferent towards it," David McRae, Crestwood resident said. "I think that the area is growing with or without Trinity. I don't think it's had a huge part in the growth of the Crestwood/Avondale area.""Losing a hospital with that much traffic and everything for this area - there's always downsides to that," Danny Winter, Owner, Crestwood Coffee Company said."People going out to lunch, taking that many employees out of the area, it could make it sort of a ghost town," Valerie Abbott, Birmingham City Council said.City Councilor Valerie Abbott says her district is worried - not just about the loss of convenient medical care, but also the empty buildings left behind."I think that's what has come to the attention of the people who live in the area is if the hospital leaves, what will happen to all these vacant buildings?" Abbott said.Trinity Medical Center's CEO told us, "Completing the hospital on 280 will benefit everyone in Birmingham and will bring tremendous benefit to the region - both from a clinical perspective and an economic development perspective. Our relocation will result in hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact and thousands of new jobs - potentially as soon as next year. We understand the neighborhood's interest in ensuring the Montclair campus continues to be a vital part of the community, and we've worked closely with the City to consider what the future might hold for it. We look forward to continuing that dialogue as soon as we receive the green light. We are currently awaiting a ruling from the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals regarding our relocation and look forward to updating the community soon."