Birmingham leaders say future of Smithfield community includes Parker High School

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin is putting rumors to rest that Parker High school is closing. He says that the school is not closing.

In a post on his Facebook page, Mayor Woodfin said the city is putting in for a $50 million grant from the federal government hoping to kickstart major revitalization efforts in the Smithfield community.

Woodfin says if the city can get that, it could mean an almost $300 million investment over the next eight years and construction of over 900 new affordable housing units. City leaders say Smithfield Court would get a top to bottom makeover and the neighborhood around Parker high school would see much needed development and improvements too.

By Josh Gauntt