Meet the group that seeks to redevelop abandoned places in Birmingham on March 12

Lyric Theatre before re-development. Photo by Madolyn Locke.

Have you ever wondered how places and buildings like The Lyric, the Denham Building and Regions Field are saved and re-developed?

Meet the professionals who turn abandoned spaces into special places at the Alabama Brownfields Association annual Winter Social on Thursday, March 12, 5:00-6:30pm at Forge in the Pizitz Building -120 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203 (an exciting redevelopment project too!).

Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served, sponsored by TTL, PM Environmental, Pace Analytical, and Geosyntec Consultants.

The guest speaker for the gathering is ADEM Redevelopment Chief Gavin Adams.

All are welcome

Forge
Photo Courtesy of Forge

Open to the public, the Alabama Brownfields Association Winter Social is a prime networking opportunity for all who care about  brownfield redevelopment, adaptive reuse, and historical preservation in and around Birmingham. Adams will briefly address the group to provide updates on ADEM Redevelopment Section program goals and activities.

“ALBFA is still a relatively young organization but we’re excited to see various stakeholders coalescing around our mission. We feel strongly that the best redevelopment projects are achieved by getting all those impacted by the project to the same table: developers, community leaders, consultants, regulators, lenders, attorneys, and others. Our events are meant to facilitate conservation and connections between those interested in sustainable development in Birmingham and throughout the state.” – Trey Noland, ALBFA Vice President

Registration is still open for the event. Space is limited so click here to complete your registration.

What is the Alabama Brownfields Association?

The beautiful Pizitz building – via Wade Cline

Founded in 2016, the ALBFA is a non-profit advocacy and educational group formed to promote redevelopment of brownfield sites throughout the state of Alabama. Its mission is to promote the redevelopment of underutilized brownfield properties as a means to improve the environment and stimulate economic development.

Brownfields include any industrial or commercial property where redevelopment is affected by real or perceived environmental contamination. Many of these properties are vacant and blighted, but have the potential to positively affect the community if cleaned up and put back in use. The revitalization of Birmingham’s urban core has led to many exciting brownfield redevelopment projects including:

Many other brownfield properties throughout Birmingham remain underutilized or vacant. A few examples that have a lot of potential to positively impact the community include:

  • The former Stockham Valve site in North Avondale
  • The former Trinity Steel site in North Titusville
  • The former Ensley Works in Ensley
  • The former Liberty National building in Midtown

The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham maintains a database and GIS map showing some of the targeted and redeveloped brownfield sites in the region. You can view the map by clicking here.

Remember to Register

Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet the people who are committed to redeveloping  many of  Birmingham’s abandoned industrial sites and historic buildings.

Register today for the Winter Social!

  • Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.