Vulcan Materials Co., a 100-year-old, Birmingham, AL-based firmthat wants to expand its Red Oak quarry mining operations here,will appeal the zoning decision, the report states. Besidesallowing the development of warehouse projects, the new zoning alsopermits the construction of buildings used for research and othercommercial uses.

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The zoning issue has intensified among residents of the GrovePark neighborhood, off Bankhead Highway, according to the report.They are suing Vulcan and the county in a move to halt dynamiteblasting at the firm's 100-acre Bellwood Quarry.

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The rezoning of the 21 acres is a setback for Vulcan which won alawsuit in May against the county. At that time, Vulcan sought toexpand its 180-acre Red Oak quarry site by 21 acres. The site isoff Buffington Road, next to Interstate 85.

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