A master development plan is in the works for downtown Birmingham’s Civil Rights and Innovation Districts. Behind the plan are local nonprofits Urban Impact and REV Birmingham. Keep reading to find out what this means and why it matters.
1. Downtown Birmingham’s Northwest Quadrant: home to the Civil Rights and Innovation Districts
Did you know that the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham, the City of Birmingham and REV Birmingham recently released a new Birmingham City Center Master Plan? This’ll give you a good taste for that plan and what leaders are envisioning for our city.
The Northwest Downtown master development plan RFP builds off the City Center Master Plan. Its two main objectives are:
- To knit the Civil Rights and Innovation Districts together in an intentional way that’s focused on economic development and historic preservation.
- To create intentional linkages to neighborhoods such as Smithfield and Fountain Heights that have been effectively cut off by I-59/20 and I-65.
2. “A unified vision for the northwest quadrant of downtown Birmingham”
“This master plan represents a unified vision throughout the northwest quadrant of downtown, encompassing both the Civil Rights District and Innovation District.Ivan Holloway, Executive Director, Urban Impact
It will help create transformative redevelopment and revitalization opportunities that will encourage our citizens to connect, build, invest and grow our community.”
3. Who’s behind the RFP for the master development plan?
Two key nonprofits are behind the RFP: Urban Impact and REV Birmingham. Here’s why they’re invested:
- Urban Impact has been leading economic growth for the Civil Rights District and the Historic 4th Avenue Business District since 1980. Turns out the Historic 4th Avenue Business District was one of the largest commercial districts of African-American owned businesses in the country.
- REV Birmingham has been doing the same for the Innovation District. Just north of Parkside, this area is the up-and-coming home to more than 100 tech startups and entrepreneurs in downtown Birmingham.
Want to get involved? Here’s how.
If you or someone you know is interested in submitting a proposal in response to the RFP, the deadline is Friday, January 31.