A Birmingham developer is renovating downtown’s former Family Dollar building

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The longtime Family Dollar building has some changes up ahead. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

A new redevelopment is in the works in downtown Birmingham! Ladd Real Estate, a local developer, has started renovation on the former Family Dollar building, continuing the pattern of renewed interest in Birmingham’s Historic Theatre and Retail District.

Part of Birmingham’s Historic Theatre and Retail District

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Silver’s 5 & 10 Cents Store in Birmingham. Photo via Birmingham Public Library Department of Archives and Manuscripts

The 3-story building at 1906 Second Ave. N was built in the early 1920s, and originally home to a Silver’s Department Store, a five and dime based out of Georgia. Downtown was home to several other five and dimes, including Woolworth’s and S.H. Kress & Company.

Over the decades, the building housed several department stores—H. L. Green and McCrory—but landed as the home for Family Dollar. Now that Family Dollar has vacated the space, it’s time for a new chapter in the life of the building.

What’s Next for the Building?

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Now that Family Dollar is gone, the ground floor is empty. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Birmingham developer Ladd Real Estate is working to renovate the interior for commercial use, with no changes to the exterior. The third floor is the first on their list, and is being renovated for a tenant. Afterwards, Ladd Real Estate plans to complete the 2nd and ground floors, potentially by the end of the year.

The team has applied for both Federal and State Historic tax credits. These key programs have helped facilitate the redevelopment of many projects we love, such as the Alabama and Lyric Theatre, The Pizitz, and the Redmont Hotel.

I, for one, can’t wait to see more retail appear in the heart of downtown Birmingham.

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The building is right next to Fleetio in downtown. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

What businesses would you like to see in the redeveloped building? Tag us @bhamnow and share your thoughts!

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Nathan Watson

Senior Content Producer with Bham Now | Originally from Tennessee, Nathan moved to The Magic City after graduating from Birmingham-Southern College. Nathan is passionate about recognizing Birmingham's history and is thrilled to learn more about the big things planned for The Magic City's future.

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