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One of the beautiful things about Birmingham is the way that historic buildings have been given new life to carry them well into the future. Bayer Properties, the company that brought us The Pizitz and The Summit, is planning to turn The Hardwick into a mixed-use community hub with offices and restaurants.
The Hardwick: a little history
The Hardwick was a 110-year old steel processing plant located right next to what for years was known as “The Cut”—a strip of land that’s now home to The Rotary Trail.
It’s not Bayer Properties’ first rodeo
The Pizitz today is a gorgeous downtown building that houses the fantastic Pizitz Food Hall, the Sidewalk Cinema, coworking offices at Forge, and apartments. Some people remember it from its years as a functioning department store, and others remember the years it sat abandoned and slightly crumbling.
Bayer Properties was involved in redeveloping the former 1920s department store and turning it into what we know and love today. Was my family the only one that loved watching the renovation from the stairway at The McWane Center until it opened in 2017?
I did not know this until today but since reopening, The Pititz has received not one, not two, but eight awards for its awesomeness. Here’s a story we did about one of them. Hint: food is involved.
Location, location, location
This past Saturday, my family and I went down to Railroad Park for a change of scenery. We were delighted to discover the temporary Parkside Trail was in full swing. All of us loved being able to travel all the way down to the end of the Rotary Trail without running into any traffic between there and Railroad Park.
This new development will be down toward the end of the trail on the left-hand side if you’re walking from 20th street, near the mural-covered building.
Residents and visitors will be able to enjoy the following:
- Views of downtown Birmingham’s skyline
- Easy access to all that Birmingham has to offer
- The Red Rock Trail System, which included a total of 115 completed miles of trail as of last year
Here’s what Libby Lassiter, co-president of Bayer Properties, had to say:
“The redevelopment of the Hardwick Building will bring a pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use project to the area, complementing the fabric of the surrounding neighborhood.”
“We are committed to helping Birmingham continue its role as a leading destination for businesses and travelers alike and are confident that the redeveloped Hardwick will play a role in this vision.”Libby Lassiter, Bayer Properties