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Birmingham’s Parkside District is all abuzz. First, the pivotal Parkside Master Plan; then the Black Lives Matter Mural; and now, two new promising developments. One local developer is adding office space to their ongoing Foundry Yards apartment complex, while another is planning a new restaurant + event space with a focus on live music. It’s an exciting time to be in Parkside!
Foundry Yards | Apartment Complex + Office Space
- Address: 15 12th Street South, Birmingham AL 35233
The first stop on our trip through Parkside’s developments is Novare Group’s Foundry Yards, an on-going apartment community project across the street from the upcoming Monday Night Brewing brewpub. The two-story, 268-unit apartment community will consist of two buildings as well as a parking garage with roughly 344 spaces.
Each studio, one- and two-bedroom apartment will have access to the complex’s upscale amenities, such as a clubroom, co-working space, fitness center, pool, outdoor grilling and patio areas, dog park and more.
In addition to the apartment community, Foundry Park will include 20,000 square-feet of retail and office space. The space will be split up in two 10,000 square-foot warehouse buildings at the corner of First Avenue and 12th Street South. The buildings, originally constructed in the 1930s, boast high ceilings and exposed brick and beams—offering a blank canvas for companies to create their ideal office layout.
An Upcoming Restaurant + Event Venue
- Address: 1630 2nd Avenue South, Birmingham AL 35233
On June 30, H. Craft O’Neal of O’Neal Industries closed on the historic American Laundry Co. Building in Birmingham’s Parkside.
The building was originally constructed in 1923, designed by Harry B. Wheelock of Wheelock & Wheelock, a local architectural firm. Wheelock & Wheelock designed numerous prominent buildings in Birmingham, such as the original Watts Building, Jemison Flats, the Steiner Building and more. The original tenant was the American Laundry Co., one of the largest full-service commercial laundry companies in The Magic City.
With help local design firm Creature, O’Neal is in the early stages of developing the historic building into a restaurant and bar, with a major focus on live music and events. The building spreads across two stories at 28,000 square-feet, leaving plenty of space for events and eats!