MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A fight nearly a decade old to keep a gravel pit out of a north Shelby county neighborhood has come to an end… or has it?
Monday night, the Shelby County Commission rejected a company's plan to mine for sand and gravel in the Rosemark community.
Back in 201, Memphis Stone and Gravel sued Shelby County after they were denied their request for a gravel pit in Rosemark.
It appears they’re not quite prepared to take any options off the table, considering how valuable that piece of land is to the business' livelihood.
“If you don't approve this today, 100 plus year-old company is out of business in Shelby County, we have no other place to go,” said Hal Williford from Memphis Stone and Gravel.
Memphis Stone and Gravel made a passionate plea for a special permit to mine sand and gravel in the Rosemark community.
They say this land is a goldmine for the type of material needed for upcoming infrastructure projects like Union Row and St. Jude's planned expansion, and denying their permit will drive up construction prices.
“They're not the only company in Shelby County that's got stone and gravel, you forget about standard,” said county resident Terry Roland. “For them to set up here and say that is just a bold face lie.”
Rosemark residents who packed Monday’s meeting say there have real fears that trucks traveling up down their rural roads up to 300 times a day would put their lives at risk and living next to a gravel pit would drive down their property value.
In the end, commissioners voted against it.
“It's a great day, a victory for the little guy,” said resident Trip Jones. “A victory for our community, a victory for safety.”
Jones and other residents have been fighting this project for nearly a decade.
WMC5 asked Memphis Stone and Gravel representative Adrian Bond if residents can expect any future litigation.
“At this point that's a decision Memphis, Stone and Gravel will have to make,” Bond said. “I'm not sure at this date if that's the case or not.”
Memphis Stone and Gravel says they think they will run out of aggregate at their other plant within the next three years.
They will make plans to move their operations to Tate County, Mississippi and haul the sand and gravel into Shelby County.