Birmingham approves rezoning former Western Supermarket site to make way for 272 apartment units

Highland Avenue development by Daniel Corp. (Daniel Corp)

The Birmingham City Council unanimously approved rezoning Highland Plaza—the former site of the Western Supermarket on Highland Avenue—to make way for approximately 272 “for rent” apartment units and a limited amount of retail. 

The properties were re-zoned from General Business District to Qualified Mixed Use High District. They are located at 2230 Highland Avenue South, 2174 11th Court South and 1128 22nd Street South. 

Presently, Taj India and the Highland Package Store occupy the plaza, which was built in the 1930s.

Highland Plaza, January 31, 2023 (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

What Are the Plans?

According to the presentation by the city’s planning staff, here is what to expect at this prominent spot.

  • Height of the building—68 feet
  • 272 unit luxury multifamily apartment development 
  • 373 space accessory parking garage. 
  • Outdoor pool and outdoor courtyard for residents
  • Less than 10,000 feet for retail

Stormwater and Traffic

After the presentation, Councilors Carol Clarke and Darrell O’Quinn asked for assurances that the new project will not increase local stormwater and traffic issues. Administration staff spoke on the two issues and said there should not be any problems.


According to Daniel Corporation—the developer of the project—they expect to hold a groundbreaking by this Summer.

For the latest, buzziest news, sign up for our FREE newsletter and follow us on Instagram + Facebook.

Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

Articles: 2519