Update: Plans to establish a Public Safety Complex in Ensley look Promising

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In December of 2016, the Ramsay McCormack building in Ensley was slated to be demolished.  After lawsuits and debate, a plan to renovate and utilize the building was announced.  The plan calls for a $40 million project to relocate the municipal court, police and fire headquarters to Ensley.  Now the city is seeking bids, by February 10th, for the renovation work.

Ensley Building
the Ramsay McCormack building stands tall on Ave. E and 19th Street North. Photo by Frank Couch

According to al.com, the city leaders who were there to vote today were all in favor for the project because of the revitalization it could spur for Ensley.

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“Together we are much stronger and much more successful. We thank the Council for their show of support…”

– Mayor Bell to the City Council


Project/Building Details:
  • 10-Story Building
  • 50,000 Square Feet
  • Location – 508 19th Street in Ensley
  • Will house the municipal court of Birmingham

The $40 Million project is not only for the renovation of the above building scopes, but also for the construction of new headquarters for the Bham police and fire.


If the deadline is not met, it seems as if there is no hope for the McCormack building, but the Mayor is staying positive about the situation.

We will know more on the specific plans in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

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