Happy Monday, Birmingham! To get your week started off right, we’re bringing you recent buzzy happenings from around the city, including the $50 million amphitheater proposed for North Birmingham, updates on Avondale Park’s Miss Fancy statue and a new food truck court.
What’s happening: On Tuesday, October 19, the Jefferson County Commission shared a plan to construct a massive, $50 million amphitheater in North Birmingham on the former Carraway Hospital campus. According to the proposal, the amphitheater will anchor The Star Uptown and include up to 9,000 seats.
Why it matters: Birminghamians are torn on this proposal, voicing concerns over location, cost and the future of Oak Mountain Amphitheater. According to WVTM 13, Live Nation, Inc—the owner of Oak Mountain Amphitheater—is ready to “shutter” the Pelham concert venue.
“Bands are not getting excited to travel to Shelby County to the amphitheater in Pelham that is aged, recently flooded and had to be shut down for over a year due to its structural issues. At that point, artists are going to stop thinking about performing in Birmingham.”Hunter Williams, Birmingham City Councilor, District 2
UPDATE: On Monday, October 24, local leaders reached an agreement with the Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau to support the amphitheater, approving the first step of funding. Learn more.
What’s happening: If you love popular watering holes Marty’s PM and GM, get ready for Marty’s Trussville, opening by the end of October off Gadsden Highway. This 21+ spot is open late and serves up delicious pub food favorites (Hint: pizza eggrolls are on the menu) and great beer + drinks to wash it down.
Why it matters: This marks the third Marty’s location for owners Phill and Marsha Mims, who took over Marty’s PM (the original location) in 2014 after its beloved founder Marty Eagle passed away in 2013. This will be a great spot for Trussville residents to have fun and hang out.
What’s happening: Trussville is on fire with new openings! Water Mountain Trail, an upscale outdoor retailer, opened its doors on Saturday, October 22. You’ll find everything you need for your next adventure, from hiking and camping gear to outdoor apparel for men and women.
Why it matters: Water Mountain Trail was founded by local entrepreneur Brett DeLoach, who wanted to give back to the community and bring something new to Trussville. You can visit the shop at The Pinnacle, and DeLoach hopes to add more locations as the company continues to progress and grow.
What’s happening: Local real estate developer Eric Guster has opened a food truck court at 1104 3rd Avenue North. His vision is to create a food court as you would see in a mall, but with food trucks instead. Guster is currently working with a design review committee to improve the space and install signage by spring. Local food trucks Taquería La Catrina and Frozen Rooster are the new court’s first tenants.
Why it matters: This food truck court provides a permanent space for local food trucks, promoting stability for the owners and customers alike. Trucks can rent a spot monthly and the court has space for six food trucks. You can visit starting Monday, October 24 from 11AM-4PM.
What’s happening: After plenty of hard work, the brand-new bronze, 15-foot Miss Fancy statue is almost ready for her big reveal. Local artist Nelson Grice told us that they’re awaiting final permits from the parts board in Birmingham. Once they receive the necessary permits, Miss Fancy will finally begin the installation process.
Why it matters: This upcoming statue has a heartfelt backstory, as late Avondale Park civic leader Ron Council made it his mission to return a Miss Fancy statue to Avondale Park. After his passing, his wife Martha Council continued his legacy, raising money to bring Miss Fancy back to her rightful place. Nelson Grice has been working hard crafting this meaningful statue, which will soon stand at the entrance of Avondale Park.
Mark your calendars: Artist Nelson Grice said Miss Fancy’s big reveal will take place at the main entrance of Avondale Park on Saturday, December 10th at 11AM—and you’re invited! We’d love to see you there.
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