Southtown Court demolition continues, construction expected to kick off before 2023

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The demolition of the Southtown Court housing project is nearly complete. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

It’s been nearly eight months since the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District (HABD) began the demolition of Southtown Court in late 2021. Once the demolition process is complete, the site will be ready for redevelopment into a mixed-use, mixed income district with housing, office and commercial space, grocery stores and other neighborhood businesses.

What’s new with Southtown Court?

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One of the remaining original Southtown Court housing buildings, still standing as of August 3, 2022. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Since demolition officially began in December 2021, Southside Development Co.—the developer partner of HABD—has been steadily clearing the 25-acre Southtown Court site. Demolition of the Southtown Court development includes a total of 55 buildings:

  • 43 housing buildings making up 455 obsolete dwelling units.
  • 10 non-dwelling buildings, including community, management, daycare and maintenance buildings.
  • 2 “shotgun” style residential dwellings on an adjacent lot.
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A majority of the original Southtown Court buildings have been demolished. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

According to Tevin Jones, Director of Communications for HABD, 35 of the original 55 buildings in Southtown Court have been demolished to date. The demolition phase is expected to wrap up around the end of August.

What’s next for Southtown Court?

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Construction could begin on the new Southtown Court development could begin as early as November 2022.(Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Once demolition is complete, crews will begin the construction phase of the redevelopment—transforming the site into a mixed-use, mixed income housing and commercial development.

According to HABD, construction of the first phase of the redevelopment could begin as early as November of this year. Future plans include market-rate apartment and commercial buildings with space for groceries, retail and hotel space. In addition, the future Southtown Court is expected to include several acres of greenspace and parking space for 2,500 vehicles. 

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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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