Riverchase

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Riverchase is a 3,000-acre planned community divided by the Cahaba River on the Jefferson County/Shelby County border on either side of U.S. Highway 31. The development was initiated by John Harbert.

A large portion of that land was owned by a former slave, Damon Lee. It was purchased from his son, Rosedale grocer Afton Lee Sr. Another large section, in the Acton area, was purchased from the Chace brothers.

The community was planned as a joint venture of Harbert Construction Corporation and the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States. The $500 million scheme was announced at a luncheon at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center's Exhibition Hall in June 1974. A second announcement, on October 16, 1975, revealed more detailed development plans to the public.

Hoover mayor O. E. Braddock discussed the possibility of annexing the Riverchase development into Hoover, but was not immediately successful. Much of Riverchase was ultimately annexed by Hoover in 1980.

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