Shannon Waltchack is investing $250K to renovate an iconic retail center in West Homewood


westwood ash copy Shannon Waltchack is investing $250K to renovate an iconic retail center in West Homewood
Rendering courtesy of Shannon Waltchack

Local real estate development firm Shannon Waltchack is putting together a $250K renovation of an iconic shopping center in West Homewood. Rebranded as “Westwood”, the shopping center is located in a vibrant area with a ton of recent activity.

Details of the Renovation

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Shannon Waltchack aims to give the shopping center a modern facelift. Rendering courtesy of Shannon Waltchack

“Commercial property owners have a unique opportunity to spend time and make the property a gift to the community. I hope this renovation will give West Homewood something to rally around.”

Derek Waltchack, Founding Partner, Shannon Waltchack

Across the country, small local retail outlets are springing back to life as the neighborhood residents crave walkability. The Westwood shopping center, a grocery story in the 1950s, is no exception. Shannon Waltchack purchased the center over a year ago with the goal of renovating and rebranding the building.

Shannon Waltchack is working with local design firm CCR Architecture & Interiors on the project, and hiring Cook Construction to take the lead as the general contractor.

The theme of the renovation plays off of the outlet’s anchor tenant—Ash Neighborhood Bar & Grill. The exterior of the building will have a base coat of black that transitions into varying shades of blues and other colors. Plus, Shannon Waltchack plans to add a mural on one of the walls, painted by a local artist.

In addition, Shannon Waltchack will be crafting an improved outdoor dining experience for Ash Neighborhood Bar & Grill.

Featuring Ash Neighborhood Bar & Grill

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Ash will have a completely new outdoor dining area once the renovation is complete. Rendering courtesy of Shannon Waltchack

The anchor tenant at the Westwood shopping center is Ash Neighborhood Bar & Grill. The restaurant offers an unforgettable blend of Southern and American food in a wood-fired kitchen prepared using local, seasonal and super fresh ingredients.

Ash is headed up by local chef Mark Driskill, a prominent force in the Birmingham culinary scene. Mark opened Ash back in August 2018 after years of service at two of Birmingham’s hottest restaurants—Bottega Cafe and Brick & Tin. And that’s not all—Mark recently released his very own cookbook, Essential Homemade Sauces Cookbook: Recipes and Companion Dishes to Elevate Your Meals, which you can find on Amazon.

Although Magic City Sweet Ice, one of the previous tenants at the shopping center, closed last year, Shannon Waltchack is hopeful that the renovation will help attract new tenants to West Homewood.

Renewed Interest in West Homewood

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Shannon Waltchack’s renovation of the Westwood shopping center is the latest in several new developments in West Homewood. Recently, Little London Kitchen opened their first brick-and-mortar location and Ignite Properties renovated the 186 Building in the neighborhood. Meanwhile, the new pool in the remodeled Patriot Park is another reason to be obsessed with the West Homewood neighborhood.

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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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