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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
- 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:
- Botanica, your one-stop-shop for trendy houseplants and houseplant accessories.
- Train & Burn, a fitness studio offering private trainers.
- Trulock Architecture, a Birmingham-based architectural firm.
Downtown Redevelopments Continue
1. Webb Building
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.
2. Former Family Dollar Building
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.
3. Southtown Court
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!
4. American Life Building
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.
5. Taylor Building
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.
6. Carraway Hospital/Northside Park
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
7. Hardwick Building
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.