Reviewed by: Nathan Watson
A new website released by Southside Development Co. provides Birmingham residents with a sneak peek of the new 26-acre development going in the former Southtown Court site and a name for the massive project — Edgehill at Southtown.
The new Edgehill at Southtown is located along University Boulevard between Ascension St. Vincent’s and UAB.
Additional landmarks surrounding the development — The Nick, a popular bar borders the southern end of the project on 10th Ave & 24th Street and Vogue Cleaners, which borders the development on the west side.
On December 17, 2021, demolition of Southtown Court began in earnest, clearing 55 buildings with 455 obsolete dwelling units of public housing and 10 non-dwelling units.
Video and Renderings
The new website features a video with renderings describing the development. It focuses on its proximity to UAB, Southern Research and Ascension St. Vincent’s touting the area as a dynamic health and research district.
From the website:
“Given the site’s proximity to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Ascension St. Vincent’s, Southern Research and the VA Medical Center, a key focus is on uses that will complement and expand the city’s healthcare and biotech sectors, spur innovation, and create new synergies.”
The new development will also include 850,000 square feet of office and commercial space, with room for retail and restaurants
According to the website the first construction at the site will focus on affordable housing.
“In keeping with the mission of the Housing Authority of Birmingham, the first new construction on the property will be affordable senior and family housing.”
Following the Southtown Court Development
Bham Now has published a number of stories over the years about the Southtown Court (now Edgehill at Southtown) project.
- (June 2019) Housing Authority board approves application for demolition of Birmingham’s Southtown Court
- (February 2021) Bham City Council Planning Committee to consider Southtown Court redevelopment rezoning
- (October 2021) Southtown Court cleared for demolition, redevelopment to start soon
- (December 2021) Southtown Court demolition begins, clearing the way for new mixed-use housing development
- (August 2022) Southtown Court demolition continues, construction expected to kick off before 2023
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