3 new tenants move to Jefferson Corner, while downtown redevelopments continue

Botanica calls Jefferson Corner their new home. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

A recent redevelopment in downtown is welcoming three new tenants, while chef Rob McDaniel announces his new restaurant concept coming to Birmingham. Here are all the new businesses joining the community—plus, an update on several developments in downtown.

An architecture firm, fitness studio and plant shop now located at Jefferson Corner

Jefferson Corner in downtown Birmingham. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now
  • Address: 312 Richard Arrington Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

Built in 1908, the two-story Jefferson Corner building is one of the latest redevelopments in downtown Birmingham. After the redevelopment finished up in 2019, ServisFirst Bank moved in.

Now, three new tenants have joined the community:

Downtown Redevelopments Continue

1. Webb Building

The proposed new look for the historic Webb Building. Rendering via Ladd Real Estate

Ladd Real Estate is working on turning the oldest building in downtown Birmingham into downtown’s newest mixed-use development. The redevelopment will include the Webb Building and the neighboring Colorado Loan Co. Building. The ground floor will have space for various retail opportunities, while the upper floors will host six higher-end residential apartments. 

Learn more about the Webb Building redevelopment.

2. Former Family Dollar Building

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

Ladd Real Estate has started renovation on the former Family Dollar building, continuing the pattern of renewed interest in Birmingham’s Historic Theatre and Retail District. Currently, the team 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.

Learn more about this redevelopment.

3. Southtown Court

Architectural rendering of Southtown redevelopment
Gensler‘s conceptual render of the Southtown redevelopment. 

In late 2019, the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District (HABD) unanimously approved the agreement for the redevelopment plan for Southtown. Starting this summer, the city plans to start demolishing the aging buildings in Southtown, paving the way for a new development.

  • As it stands, the redeveloped Southtown will be a mixed-use district with 459 housing units. 
  • Of these 459 units, 200 would be for public housing. 
  • Additionally, the development will include 850,000 square feet of office and commercial space. 
  • There will be room for a grocery and various neighborhood businesses.
  • What’s more, there will be 3.5 acres of green, open space for people to gather!

Learn more about Southtown Court.

4. American Life Building

Built in 1925, the American Life Building is slated to become affordable housing. Photo by Pat Byington, for Bham Now

The 95-year-old American Life Building is undergoing a $24 million redevelopment in order to convert the structure into affordable workforce housing. Once complete, the project will offer 140 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, ranging from $700 to $1,100 a month. Five of the apartments will be reserved for The Dannon Project to rent to its clients as well.

Learn more about the American Life Building redevelopment.

5. Taylor Building

The Taylor Building is part of the Historic Theatre and Retail District. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Owner Engineering Design Technologies is investing roughly $580K in both structural and cosmetic renovations on the three-story Taylor Building in downtown Birmingham.

In addition to tackling water damage, the renovation project is planning some other updates:

  • Upgrading much of the mechanical systems.
  • Rebuilding a section of the roof.
  • Upgrading the fire exits. 
  • Furthermore, the renovation includes a wide painting project—sprucing up the facade, the bricks in the alleyway, and the interior.

Learn more about the Taylor Building.

6. Carraway Hospital/Northside Park

Northside Park
The iconic blue star kept watch over Birmingham for decades. Photo via Abandoned Southeast

The historic Carraway Hospital building, long abandoned, will be demolished to make room for the new Northside Park development.

Over the next 10 years, investors aim to funnel $50 to $75 million into the redevelopment of several blocks in Birmingham’s Druid Hills and Norwood neighborhoods. 

More than a simple redevelopment, Northside Park will have three main districts, each serving a specific purpose. 

  • North: Single/Multi-Family Residential
  • Center: Mixed-Use Retail & Dining, Boutique/Creative Office, Hotel & Multi-Family Residential
  • South: Center for new employment and economic development opportunities

Learn more about Northside Park.

7. Hardwick Building

The Hardwick
The Hardwick, as seen from The Rotary Trail. Photo via Hardwick

The Hardwick—a 110-year old steel processing plant located right next to The Rotary Trail—will be one of Bayer Properties’ newest projects. Bayer Properties, the company that brought us The Pizitz and The Summit, is planning to turn The Hardwick into a mixed-use community hub, full with offices, restaurants and more.

Williams Blackstock Architects and Schoel Engineering will be part of the initial design team, with construction beginning in 2021. 

Learn more about the Hardwick Building.

Which downtown redevelopments did we miss? Tag us @bhamnow and let us know!

  • Tennessee native who fell in love with Birmingham during college. Graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 2019. Passionate about Birmingham and its continued growth.