New office development is coming to the Innovation District

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Former Hibbett Team Sales Building - new office development
A new office development is coming to a former Hibbett Sporting Goods in Innovation District. Photo via Bham Now

2021 is already bringing more revitalization to Birmingham, and we couldn’t be more excited! David Carrigan and Robert Crook of Ironvest Partners are leasing space on a new development named Ballast at the Switch, Birmingham’s innovation district.

Turning the Former Hibbett Building into Amazing Office Spaces

Rendering of Ballast at the Switch
A rendering of Ballast at the Switch. Photo via Ironvest Partners

In September, we reported that the duo had purchased the historic building on 1318 First Ave. N. We weren’t sure what the purpose of the space would be, but now we know the development will offer build-to-suit office space with amenities.

The development’s design will foster growth for small businesses, with spaces ranging from 1,000 to 20,000 square feet. Ballast at the Switch’s private suites will have access to two indoor and two outdoor common areas, including a rooftop deck and private courtyard. With amenities like this, the development sounds like the perfect place for new and established Birmingham businesses to grow.

What’s Behind the Name Ballast at the Switch?

Ballast was used to stabilized railroad tracks, and this new development will stabilize and catalyze growth in the area. The Innovation District’s new name, The Switch, is also a reminder of the days when trains moved through their district’s alleys and streets. Today, The Switch serves as a place where information flows and innovative businesses can call home.

The New Office Spaces Will Bring More Innovation to Birmingham

Street view of former Hibbett Sporting Goods
We can’t wait to see what innovative start-ups move into the former Hibbett Sporting Goods building. Photo via Bham Now

Robert Crook and David Carrigan worked with REV Birmingham, Innovation Depot, Biso Collective and Pack Health to design the new space. Their goal is to provide more office space and enhance community building in the district. With a location across from Innovation Depot, this development is sure to be home to amazing tenants.

This project is a great sign for economic growth to come in Birmingham. We’re excited to see what new businesses call Ballast at the Switch home!

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