City approves extra storm shelters for Pratt City apartments

PRATT CITY, AL (WBRC)- Pratt City will spend an additional $235,000 on a new senior living apartment development in order to add storm shelters to the project.

Tuesday, the Birmingham City Council approved the extra money, which will provide a storm shelter for each of the more than 40 apartments.

The original plan called for one large community shelter, but city officials felt that some of the residents might have trouble getting to that shelter in time.

Whatever health safety and welfare for our citizens that we can provide, we need to do that. This could become an example for the rest of the country in terms of how you protect your people. Theres no price on that, Councilor Carole Smitherman said.

The development is expected to open next year.

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