Plans appear finalized for Norfolk Southern hub

MCCALLA, AL (WBRC) -- Plans to construct a train hub in Mccalla seem to be a done deal.  Leaders with Norfolk Southern briefed the media Friday on the huge intermodal facility to be constructed on more than 300 acres.

Residents have just started a grassroots effort just within the last couple of weeks after getting wind of the project.  They say it will endanger their health, safety, children, property values and overall wellbeing if the facility is constructed.

Even still, Norfolk leaders say it is full speed ahead, adding the project could create upwards of more than 8,000 jobs in the end.

Leaders also say they will "design the terminal to be environmentally sensitive to the surrounding community putting barriers in place to dampen noise and block the terminal from sight.