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the35212’s founder plans to expand citywide

the35212 logoCharlotte Donlon started the35212 two years ago as a way to help focus on the people, places and events in the neighborhoods contained within, including Crestwood and Woodlawn. She was the focus of one of my first Digital City columns for B-Metro Magazine. Now, she’s announced two different initiatives that should raise the profile of the site across the city.

There’s currently an effort underway to raise funds to produce an “old school community newsletter” for the site via Kickstarter. As of this post (with nine days to go), they’ve received pledges for approximately 55% of the funds necessary to start the project.

Donlon’s also announced plans to do similar sites for each of the city’s 28 zip codes. Each zip code’s web domain would be similar to the35212 with a central site, initially planning to be headquartered at findingbhm.wordpress.com, connecting them all. She’s posted additional information about the expansion of her project here. She’s also laid out initial plans for sponsorship of the current site.

A second Walmart potentially looming for Montclair Rd?

Modified from Union vs Wal Mart in Las Vegas #2. Brave New Films/Flickr According to the email sent in to The35212 and shared on the community news site earlier today, Baptist Health System wants to split land located across from the current Trinity Medical Center complex between two developers. The health system sold controlling interest in the hospital, most recently known as Montclair Baptist, back in 2005 with the remaining sold in 2008.

The developers in turn plan to build an upscale apartment complex on one portion of the property and a Walmart Neighborhood Market on the other. It would be the fourth location for the chain’s market concept store in metro Birmingham, with others in Centerpoint, Vestavia Hills and Homewood.

The Bentonville, AR-based retailer already has a Supercenter located a little more than 2 miles away (also on Montclair Road)┬áserving as an anchor tenant for the Eastwood Village shopping complex. That location contains a grocery store. There’s also a Sam’s Club located four additional miles down the road in Irondale on Grants Mill Road.

The hospital complex and the surrounding property has been the focus of much attention from surrounding neighborhoods, civic leaders and concerned citizens due to Trinity’s pending move to the former HealthSouth digital hospital site.

Photo: Modified from Union vs Wal Mart in Las Vegas #2. Brave New Films/Flickr