Norfolk Southern wants to change minds with new website

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The company that wants to build a train hub in McCalla is stepping up its efforts to win over members of the community.

A new website lists information on the Norfolk Southern Facility which would be built near McAdory Elementary school.

A spokeswoman from Norfolk Southern says the project would bring jobs and economic development to the area, and she hopes people will take the time to look at the website.

"I think it's the nature of people to be frightened of things they don't understand," said Phyllis Kennedy, "Particularly if dealing with incorrect information on what impact there will be on their lives."

Residents opposed to the idea formed the group "No Hub 4 McCalla," and have posted signs stating their views around the city.

They claim the project will bring noise and pollution to the city.

"You can put lipstick on on a pig," said Terry Finch, "But it's still a pig, and in this situation it's a toxic pig."

Other residents say they will check out the new website, but have their minds made up.

"I think we have a lot of areas that would not affect school children," said Stephanie Huffman,"And building it that close to school is worry some for me."

Norfolk Southern representatives encourage those people to check out the website.

On Aug. 17, "No Hub 4 McCalla" will be holding an informational meeting at McAdory Elementary School at 7 p.m.

On Aug. 18, Norfolk Southern will host a public forum at the Bessemer Civic Center from 4 to 7 p.m.